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Explaining Human Diversity

Cultures, Minds, Evolution, 1st Edition

By Carles Salazar


130 pages

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Why are humans so different from each other and what makes the human species so different from all other living organisms? This introductory book provides a concise and accessible account of human diversity, of its causes and the ways in which anthropologists go about trying to make sense of it. Carles Salazar offers students a thoroughly integrated view by bringing together biological and sociocultural anthropology and including perspectives from evolutionary biology and psychology.

Table of Contents


1. Being human

Human evolution in the history of life

Genetic knowledge and individual knowledge

The growth of the human brain

Theory of mind and the modular structure of the human mind-brain

Bibliographical note on Chapter 1


2. A new form of knowledge

Culture in human evolution

The transmission of cultural knowledge

The problem of meaning

Bibliographical note on Chapter 2


3. Theories of difference

Understanding human diversity

Opening approaches: Anthropology as history

Anthropology against history: Functionalism

Structuralism and the problem of meaning again

Bibliographical note on Chapter 3


4. Cultural evolution

The puzzle of cultural change

Cultural group selection

Memes and cultural groups

Culture-gene coevolution

Random processes and purposeful action

Bibliographical note on Chapter 4


5. Summary and conclusions

About the Author

Carles Salazar is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Lleida, Spain. He has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Subject Categories

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