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Building a New Biocultural Synthesis Political-Economic Perspectives on Human Biology

ISBN-10: 0472066064

ISBN-13: 9780472066063

Edition: N/A

Authors: Alan H. Goodman, Thomas L. Leatherman

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Anthropology, with its dual emphasis on biology and culture, is--or should be--the discipline most suited to the study of the complex interactions between these aspects of our lives. Unfortunately, since the early decades of this century, biological and cultural anthropology have grown distinct, and a holistic vision of anthropology has suffered. This book brings culture and biology back together in new and refreshing ways. Directly addressing earlier criticisms of biological anthropology, Building a New Biocultural Synthesis concerns how culture and political economy affect human biology--e.g., people's nutritional status, the spread of disease, exposure to pollution--and how biological consequences might then have further effects on cultural, social, and economic systems. Contributors to the volume offer case studies on health, nutrition, and violence among prehistoric and historical peoples in the Americas; theoretical chapters on nonracial approaches to human variation and the development of critical, humanistic and political ecological approaches in biocultural anthropology; and explorations of biological conditions in contemporary societies in relationship to global changes. Building a New Biocultural Synthesis will sharpen and enrich the relevance of anthropology for understanding a wide variety of struggles to cope with and combat persistent human suffering. It should appeal to all anthropologists and be of interest to sister disciplines such as nutrition and sociology. Alan H. Goodman is Professor of Anthropology, Hampshire College. Thomas L. Leatherman is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of South Carolina.
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List price: $30.95
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

#60;b#62;Alan H. Goodman,#60;/b#62; is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Hampshire College. A biological anthropologist who has written extensively on human variation and the biological consequences of inequality and poverty, he co- leads the national public education project sponsored by the AAA and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation. Goodman is a past President of the AAA. #60;p#62;#60;b#62;Yolanda T. Moses#60;/b#62; is Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Excellence and Equity at the University of California, Riverside. A cultural anthropologist, she has published extensively on issues of social inequality in complex societies and cultural diversity in higher education in the United State, India and South Africa. She co- leads the national public education project sponsored by the AA A and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation. Moses is past President of the AAA.#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Joseph L. Jones#60;/b#62; of the American Anthropological Association is the Race project manager. He also has written extensively on race and the stresses of enslavement. He is finishing his dissertation on "The Political Ecology of Early Childhood Lead in Enslaved Africans from the New York African Burial Ground".#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA).#60;/b#62; Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest professional organization of scholars and practitioners in the field of anthropology. With over 11,000 members, the Arlington, Virginia-based association includes archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, biological anthropologists, linguists and applied anthropologists throughout the world. AAA publishes 22 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and conducts the largest annual meeting of anthropologists in the world.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Series Introduction
Historical Overview and Theoretical Developments
Traversing the Chasm between Biology and Culture: An Introduction
The Evolution of Human Adaptability Paradigms: Toward a Biology of Poverty
Political Economy and Social Fields
The Development of Critical Medical Anthropology: Implications for Biological Anthropology
Case Studies and Examples: Past Populations
Linking Political Economy and Human Biology: Lessons from North American Archaeology
The Biological Consequences of Inequality in Antiquity
Owning the Sins of the Past: Historical Trends, Missed Opportunities, and New Directions in the Study of Human Remains
Nature, Nurture, and the Determinants of Infant Mortality: A Case Study from Massachusetts, 1830-1920
Unequal in Death as in Life: A Sociopolitical Analysis of the 1813 Mexico City Typhus Epidemic
Case Studies and Examples: Contemporary Populations
Illness, Social Relations, and Household Production and Reproduction in the Andes of Southern Peru
On the (Un)Natural History of the Tupi-Monde Indians: Bioanthropology and Change in the Brazilian Amazon
The Political Ecology of Population Increase and Malnutrition in Southern Honduras
The Biocultural Impact of Tourism on Mayan Communities
Poverty and Nutrition in Eastern Kentucky: The Political Economy of Childhood Growth
Steps toward a Critical Biological Anthropology
Race, Racism, and Anthropology
Beyond European Enlightenment: Toward a Critical and Humanistic Human Biology
Latin American Social Medicine and the Politics of Theory
Nature, Political Ecology, and Social Practice: Toward an Academic and Political Agenda
What Could Be: Biocultural Anthropology for the Next Generation
Contributors
Index