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Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity

A Unified Approach, 2nd Edition

By Elisa J. Sobo


288 pages | 95 B/W Illus.

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This lively text by leading medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo offers a unique, holistic approach to human diversity and rises to the challenge of truly integrating biology and culture. The inviting writing style and fascinating examples make important ideas from complexity theory and epigenetics accessible to students. In this second edition the material has been updated to reflect changes in both the scientific and socio-cultural landscape, for example in relation to topics such as the microbiome and transgender. Readers 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


Part I: A Systems View of Human Adaptation

1. Anthropology and Complexity

2. Genetic Adaptation

3. Developmental Adjustment and Epigenetic Change

4. Emergence of Culture and People Like Us

5. Global Expansion, Human Variation, and the Invention of ‘Race’

Part II: Socio-political and Economic Factors

6. A Human Baseline

7. Agricultural Revolution: Another Great Divide

8. Epidemics and Immunities

9. Political Economy of Health Disparities

Part III: Meaningful Practices

10. Stress, Meaning, and Health

11. Culture in Practice: Embodying Gender

12. Body Ideals and Outcomes

13. Kinship: So Relative

Conclusion: Respecting Connections

About the Author

Elisa J. Sobo is Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University, USA. A socio-cultural anthropologist specializing in health, illness, and medicine, she is currently President of the Society for Medical Anthropology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General