Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems

ISBN-10: 0759111383

ISBN-13: 9780759111387

Edition: 5th 2008 (Revised)

Authors: John H. Bodley
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List price: $84.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Human Problems
Nature and Scope of the Problems
World Scientists' Warning to Humanity, 1992
The UN Millennium Goals
Crisis Awareness and Response
The Significance of Culture Scale
The Uniqueness of Tribal Societies and Cultures
The "Original Affluent Society"
Understanding Commercial Societies and Cultures
Scale, Adaptation, and the Environmental Crisis
Cultural Transmission and Maladaptation
Scale and Cultural Evolution
Cultural Evolution and Adaptation
Nature and Scope of the Environmental Crisis
Biodiversity and the Death of the Tropical Rain Forests
Ecocide Soviet Style
Environmental Crisis and Cultural Change
Beyond "The Limits to Growth"
Environmental Commissions: Global 2000 and Our Common Future
Roots of the Environmental Crisis
Capitalism and Ideological Roots
Unregulated Self-Interest and the Tragedy of the Commons
Land Degradation in the Mediterranean Region
Extinctions and Biodiversity: Human Nature or Culture Scale Crisis?
Tribal and Small-Scale Domestic Economies
Wealth in Tribal and Commercial Worlds
Socio-Cultural Scale and the Environment
Ecological Footprints
Natural Resources and the Culture of Consumption
Energy and Culture: Basic Considerations
Capitalism and the Culture of Consumption
The History of Capitalism
The European Origins of Capitalism
The Culture of Over-Consumption
Resource Consumption in America
Taking Stock
America's Forests as Resources
The Economics of Resource Depletion
Sustainable Development for the Common Good
The Consumption Culture's Environmental Cost: Western Coal
Elite Decision Makers and the Consumption Culture
Malnutrition and the Evolution of Food Systems
The Malthusian Dilemma
The Evolution of Food Systems
Foraging and Subsistence Security
The Shift to Farms and Gardens
The Domestic Mode of Food Production
Technological Advances in Food Production
Politically Directed Food Systems
The Commercialization of Grain: England 1500-1700
Famine in the Modern World
Global Malnutrition
The Persistence of Food Insecurity
Food Over-Consumption
The Political Economy of Hunger: Bangladesh
Commercial Factory Food Systems
Factory Food Production
Factory Potatoes versus Swidden Sweet Potatoes
The Commercialization of the American Food System, 1850-1890
Social Costs of the Food Production System
Energy Costs of the Distribution System
Food Marketing
Food Quality and Market Scale
Factory-Processed Potato Chips versus Manioc Cakes
Fishing, Global Trade, and "Ghost Acres"
The Limits of Food Production
The Population Problem
Maximum Global Population Estimates
Great Waves of Population Growth
Population Pressure, Carrying Capacity, and Optimum Population
Population Control among Foragers
Population Equilibrium in Aboriginal Australia
The Neolithic Population Explosion
Population Control among Tribal Village Farmers
Island Population Problems
The Case of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) "Collapse"
State Intervention and Population Control Mechanisms
Policy Implications
Poverty and Conflict
Violence and Insecurity in America
Social Order in the Tribal World
The Importance of Social Equality
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Leadership
Internal Order in Politically Centralized Societies
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on War
The Scale of War and Violence in the Imperial and Commercial Worlds
The Fiscal-Military State and Military-Industrial Complexes
Deadly Arsenals: The Nuclear Weapons Threat
Failing States and Social Disorder
Roots of the Security Crisis: Culture, Overpopulation, or Inequality?
The Financialization Process and the Debt Crisis
Export Sugar, Starvation, and Infant Mortality in Brazil
State Terrorism and Investment Risk in Guatemala
Opulence and Deindustrialization in America
The Future
The Dilemma of Scale
Imagining the Global Future
IPCC SRES Scenarios
American Intelligence Community Futures
Shell Oil's Perspective on the Future
Sustainable Global Futures
TERRA-2000 and Information Society
UN GEO-3 Global Futures
The Great Transition Initiative
Transforming the Corporation
The Mondragon Cooperatives
Bhutan's Middle Path
Toward a Sustainable Planetary Society
Scaling Down: The Small Nations Alternative
The United States, Happy Planets, and Billionaires
Transforming America
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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