Applying Anthropology An Introductory Reader

ISBN-10: 007353093X
ISBN-13: 9780073530932
Edition: 8th 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $50.63
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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Biological Anthropology1
Teaching Theories: The Evolution-Creation Controversy
Through a comparison of evolution and creationism, this article examines the logic of scientific inquiry and the characteristics of scientific theory
Scientific theories are testable and correctable, which is why they lead to new and useful knowledge
Re-reading Root-Bernstein and McEachron in Cobb County, Georgia (2005)Cultural conflicts about evolution and creationism have centered on the American classroom
This selection describes recent courtroom skirmishes on this front-in a specific local case
What are Friends For?
"Friendship" between adult males and females is an important part of the society of olive baboons of Kenya
These mutually beneficial long-term relationships are usually based on female choice and are only indirectly related to sex
Observations of nonhuman primates make anthropologists rethink the origin and nature of human sociality
What's Love Got to Do With It?
In contrast to earlier hypotheses on the importance of territorial control in human evolutionary history, contemporary theories emphasize understanding individual strategies for reproductive success
this selection is more about sex than reproduction and raises the novel question, What is sex for?
Mothers and Others
Based on observations of other primates and hunter-gatherers, a new way of thinking about our species challenges long-held beliefs and has implications for child rearing and gender roles, the importance of kin groups and neighbors, and the practices and policies of our day care systems
Great Mysteries of Human Evolution
Despite the extraordinary number of hominid fossils discovered in the past thirty years, many questions remain open about human origins and evolution
this article asks eight basic questions about what is fundamentally human
Ancient Bodies, Modern Customs and Our Health
Biological anthropologists believe that our long evolutionary history has shaped our bodies and therefore strongly influences our health
Infant sleeping and breast-feeding patterns are linked to health issues like birth spacing, allergies, diarrhea, and dehydration, as well as increased risk of breast cancer and sudden infant death syndrome
Slumber's Unexplored Landscape
Most of our scientific understanding of the biology of sleep is based on laboratory work and assumptions of what are normal patterns of sleep behavior
Collaborations of biological anthropologists and cultural anthropologists show that the rules and expectations of a good night's sleep are quite different in traditional societies than our own
Ancient Genes and Modern Health
Many of the serious health problems confronting us today may be the result of an incongruity between our genetic heritage as descendants of hunter-gatherers and our current diet and lifestyle
The study of Paleolithic people may be the key to a healthy life
The Tall and the Short of It
A biological anthropologist discusses changes in the average height of populations as an example of human plasticity in the context of changing nutrition in childhood
Our environment is shaped by culture, and it affects our outward biological characteristics or phenotype
Identifying Victims after a Disaster
Forensic anthropology has taken on an important role both in the American public imagination and on the front lines of disaster relief efforts
This selection discusses how archaeology and forensic anthropology have increasingly played a part in the ide

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