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Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity

A Unified Approach, 1st Edition

By Elisa J. Sobo


356 pages

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pub: 2012-11-15
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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


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

About the Author

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

Subject Categories

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