1st Edition

Explaining Human Diversity
Cultures, Minds, Evolution

ISBN 9780815356547
Published July 10, 2018 by Routledge
138 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

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

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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.