Of or pertaining to the analysis of a cultural system or its features from the perspective of a participant in that culture.

A useful example of the emic-etic distinction may be made by comparing the concept “waves on the ocean or sea” from the perspective of a European American with that of a Truk Islander […] The proposed etics here might be that both cultures understand the use of waves as vehicles for surfing and as movement reflecting the transfer of energy […] certain differences, or emics exist, for European Americans the waves may be sources of beauty — the Truk Islander has learned to use them […] as a road map.

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  • emic — adjective Etymology: phonemic Date: 1954 of, relating to, or involving analysis of cultural phenomena from the perspective of one who participates in the culture being studied compare etic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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