Nutritional Anthropology Biocultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-06-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Revised for the first time in ten years, the second edition ofNutritional Anthropology: Biocultural Perspectives on Food and Nutritioncontinues to blend biological and cultural approaches to this dynamic discipline. While this revision maintains the format and philosophy that grounded the first edition, the text has been revamped and revitalized with new and updated readings, sections, introductions, and pedagogical materials that cover current global food trade and persistent problems of hunger in equal measure. Unlike any other book on the market,Nutritional Anthropologyfuses issues past and present, local and global, and biological and cultural in order to give students a comprehensive foundation in food and nutrition. NEW TO THIS EDITION - Seven original essays written specifically for this book - Completely revised sets of readings, section introductions, and pedagogical material - Maps showing the locations of case studies - A new section, "Looking for Solutions," helps students solve issues relating to food and nutrition

Author Biography

Darna L. Dufour is Associate Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Alan H. Goodman is Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty and Professor of Biological Anthropology at Hampshire College.

Gretel H. Pelto is Graduate Professor of Nutritional Anthropology at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

* = Original essay written for this book
1. The Biocultural Perspective in Nutritional Anthropology, Gretel H. Pelto, Darna L. Dufour, and Alan H. Goodman
2. Eating Christmas in the Kalahari, Richard B. Lee
3. No Heads, No Feet, No Monkeys, No Dogs: The Evolution of Personal Food Taboos, Miriam S. Chaiken
4. From Hunger Foods to Heritage Foods: Challenges to Food Localization in Lao PDR, Penny Van Esterik
5. Rough Food, John T. Omohundro
Unit I. The Biological Baseline
6. The Diets of Early Hominins, Peter S. Ungar and Matt Sponheimer
7. What Hunters Do for a Living, or, How to Make Out on Scarce Resources, Richard B. Lee
8. Food for Thought: Did The First Cooked Meals Help Fuel the Dramatic Evolutionary Expansion of the Human Brain?, Ann Gibbons
9. Paleolithic Nutrition: A Consideration of Its Nature and Current Implications, S. Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner
Unit II. Agriculture: The Great Revolution
10. Origins of Agriculture, Mark N. Cohen
11. Bread and Beer: The Early Use of Cereals in the Human Diet, Solomon H. Katz and Mary M. Voigt
12. Disease and Death at Dr. Dickson's Mounds, Alan H. Goodman and George J. Armelagos
Unit III. Variation in Contemporary Food Systems: Pluses and Minuses
13. Use of Tropical Rainforests by Native Amazonians, Darna L. Dufour
14. Adopting Cultivation to Remain Pastoralists: The Diversification of Maasai Livelihoods in Northern Tanzania, J. Terrence McCabe, Paul W. Leslie, and Laura DeLuca
15. "Now It Is an Easy Life": Women's Accounts of Cassava, Millets, and Labor in South India, Elizabeth Finnis
16. Power Steer, Michael Pollan
* 17. Anthropological Perspectives on the Global Food Crisis, David A. Himmelgreen, Nancy Romero-Daza, and Charlotte A. Noble
Unit IV. Explaining Foodways #1: Materialist Approaches
18. India's Sacred Cow, Marvin Harris
19. Insects as Food: A Case Study from the Northwest Amazon, Darna L. Dufour
20. Why on Earth?: Evaluation Hypotheses about the Physiological Functions of Human Geophagy, Sera L.Young, Paul W. Sherman, Julius B. Lucks, and Gretel H. Pelto
Unit V. Explaining Foodways #2: Ideology, Symbolism, and Social Power
21. The Children Cry for Bread: Hegemony and the Transformation of Consumption, Mary J. Weismantel
22. Japanese Mothers and Obent?s: The Lunch-Box as Ideological State Apparatus, Anne Alison
23. Techne Versus Technoscience: Divergent (and Ambiguous) Notions of Food "Quality" in the French Debate over GM Crops, Chaia Heller
Unit VI. Adapting Foods to People and People to Foods
24. A Closer Look at the Nutritional Implications of Bitter Cassava Use, Darna L. Dufour
25. Pellagra, Sex, and Gender: Biocultural Perspectives on Differential Diets and Health, Barrett P. Brenton
26. "Drink Milk for Fitness": The Cultural Politics of Human Biological Variation and Milk Consumption in the United States, Andrea S. Wiley
* 27. The Maya in Disneyland: Child Growth as a Marker of Nutritional, Economic, and Political Ecology, Barry Bogin
* 28. Kung Nutritional Status and the Original "Affluent Society"--A New Analysis, Barry Bogin
Unit VII. Foods as Medicine
29. Spices: The Pharmacology of the Exotic, Nina Etkin
30. Coping with a Nutrient Deficiency: Cultural Models of Vitamin A Deficiency in Northern Niger, Lauren S. Blum, Gretel H. Pelto, and Pertti J. Pelto
31. From Aphrodisiac to Health Food: A Cultural History of Chocolate, Louis E. Grivetti
32. You Are What You Eat: Religious Aspects of the Health Food Movement, Jill Dubisch
Unit VIII. Undernutrition and Its Discontents
33. The Effect of Malnutrition on Human Development: A 24-Year Study of Well-Nourished and Malnourished Children Living in a Poor Mexican Village, Adolfo Chávez, Celia Martínez, and Beatriz Soberanes
34. Body Size, Adaptation, and Function, Reynaldo Martorell
* 35. Hungry But Not Starving: Functional Consequences of Undernutrition in Adults, Richard L. Bender and Darna L. Dufour
36. New Variant Famine: AIDS and Food Crisis in Southern Africa, Alex de Waal and Alan Whiteside
* 37. Child Malnutrition and Famine in the Nigerien Sahel, Catherine Panter-Brick, Rachel Casiday, Katherine Hampshire, and Kate Kilpatrick
Unit IX. Dietary Transitions and Globalization
38. Diet and Delocalization: Dietary Changes Since 1750, Gretel H. Pelto and Pertti J. Pelto
39. When the Turtle Collapses, the World Ends, Bernard Nietschmann
40. How Sushi Went Global, Theodore C. Bestor
* 41. Nutrition Transitions: A View from Anthropology, Darna L. Dufour and Richard L. Bender
42. Coca-Colonization of Diets in The Yucatan, Thomas L. Leatherman and Alan Goodman
Unit X. Cultural Ecology of Infant and Young Child Feeding
43. Evolution of Infant and Young Child Feeding: Implications for Contemporary Public Health, Daniel W. Sellen
44. Premastication: The Second Arm of Infant and Young Child Feeding for Health and Survival?, Gretel H. Pelto, Yuanyuan Zhang, and Jean-Pierre Habicht
45. Feeding Babies: Practices, Constraints, and Interventions, Gretel H. Pelto, Emily Levitt, and Lucy Thairu
Unit XI. Overnutrition and Hunger in Lands of Plenty
46. Children's Experiences of Food Insecurity Can Assist in Understanding Its Effect on Their Well-Being, Carol L. Connell, Kristi L. Lofton, Kathy Yadrick, and Timothy A. Rehner
47. Trading Nutrition for Education: Nutritional Status and the Sale of Snack Foods in an Eastern Kentucky School, Deborah L. Crooks
* 48. Big Fat Myths, Alexandra A. Brewis
49. The Pima Paradox, Malcolm Gladwell
50. Junk Food Monkeys, Robert M. Sapolsky
51. Evolutionary and Anthropological Perspectives on Optimal Foraging in Obesogenic Environments, Leslie Sue Lieberman
Unit XII. Looking for Solutions
52. From One Farmer, Hope--and Reason for Worry, Gaia Vince
53. Direct from Farm to Table: Community Supported Agriculture in Western Illinois, Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, Christopher D. Merrett, and Patrick McLaughlin
54. Could Less Meat Mean More Food?, Erik Stokstad
55. Marked Improvement in Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism in Diabetic Australian Aborigines After Temporary Reversion to Traditional Lifestyle, Kerin O'Dea
Appendix A
Appendix B

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