(social science) Of or pertaining to the analysis of a cultural system or its features from the perspective of a participant in that culture.
(social sciences) Of or pertaining to analysis of a culture from a perspective situated outside all cultures.
relating to or denoting an approach to the study or description of a particular language or culture in terms of its internal elements and their functioning rather than in terms of any existing external scheme
‘accurate ethnographic description from an internal or emic perspective, from the native point of view’;
relating to or denoting an approach to the study or description of a particular language or culture that is general, non-structural, and objective in its perspective
‘is there a valid cross-cultural etic definition of violence?’;