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Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity
A Unified Approach

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ISBN 9781611321906
Published November 15, 2012 by Routledge
356 Pages

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Book Description

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

Part I: A Systems View of Human Adaptation
Chapter 1. Anthropology and Complexity
Chapter 2. Genetic Adaptation
Chapter 3. Developmental Adjustment and Epigenetic Change
Chapter 4. Emergence of Culture and People Like Us
Chapter 5. Global Expansion, Human Variation, and the Invention of ‘Race’
Part II: Socio-political and Economic Factors
Chapter 6. Foraging: A Human Baseline
Chapter 7. Agricultural Revolution: Another Great Divide
Chapter 8. Epidemics: Human Settlement and Sociality
Chapter 9. Political Economy of Variation in Human Health
Part III: Meaningful Practices
Chapter 10. Diversity in Mind-Body Relations: Stress, Meaning, and Health
Chapter 11. Gender Diversity
Chapter 12. Variation in Body Ideals and Outcomes
Chapter 13. Kinship: So Relative
Conclusion: Respecting Connections
Appendix: Selected Websites
About the Author

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Elisa J. Sobo is Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University, USA.