Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach

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  • Copyright: 2012-11-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This lively text offers a unique, holistic approach to human diversity for undergraduate courses in fields including anthropology, medicine, human ecology, and general education. Leading medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo rises to the challenge of truly integrating biology and culture. Her inviting writing style and fascinating examples make important new ideas from complexity theory and epigenetics accessible to undergraduates from all disciplines, regardless of academic background. Students learn to conceptualize human biology and culture concurrently--as an adaptive biocultural capacity that has helped to produce the rich range of human diversity seen today. With clearly structured topics, an extensive glossary and suggestions for further reading, this text makes a complex, interdisciplinary topic a joy to teach.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
A Systems View of Human Adaptationp. 15
Anthropology and Complexityp. 19
Genetic Adaptationp. 33
Developmental Adjustment and Epigenetic Changep. 51
Emergence of Culture and People Like Usp. 69
Global Expansion, Human Variation, and the Invention of 'Race'p. 87
Socio-political and Economic Factorsp. 111
Foraging: A Human Baselinep. 115
Agricultural Revolution: Another Great Dividep. 141
Epidemics: Human Settlement and Socialityp. 165
Political Economy of Variation in Human Healthp. 185
Meaningful Practicesp. 203
Diversity in Mind-Body Relations: Stress, Meaning, and Healthp. 207
Gender Diversityp. 233
Variation in Body Ideals and Outcomesp. 263
Kinship: So Relativep. 283
Conclusion Respecting Connectionsp. 305
Appendix Selected Websitesp. 315
Glossaryp. 317
Referencesp. 335
Indexp. 343
About the Authorp. 356
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