List of figures and tables List of contributors Preface Introduction: emergence and convergence David Parkin Chapter 1. Bioculturalism Stanley J. Ulijaszek Chapter 2. The biological in the social: evolutionary approaches to human behaviour Robin Dunbar Chapter 3. Domesticating the landscape, producing crops and reproducing society in Amazonia Laura Rival Chapter 4. The biological in the cultural: the fi ve agents and the body ecologic in Chinese medicine Elisabeth Hsu Chapter 5. On the social, the biological and the political: revisiting Beatrice Blackwood's research and teaching Laura Peers Chapter 6. Anthropological theory and the multiple determinacy of the present Howard Morphy Chapter 7. Holism, intelligence and time Chris Gosden Chapter 8. Movement, knowledge and description Tim Ingold Chapter 9. The evolution and history of religion Harvey Whitehouse Chapter 10. The visceral in the social: the crowd as paradigmatic type David Parkin Bibliography Index
David Parkin is a Fellow at All Souls College Oxford, and was previously from 1964 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He works in Eastern Africa among Muslims and non-Muslims on religion, healing, language, human bodily intelligence, and material culture. His books include Sacred Void; Islamic Prayer across the Indian Ocean; The Politics of Cultural Performance. Stanley Ulijaszek is Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Oxford, and was previously at the University of Cambridge. Current research interests include human evolutionary nutrition, and biocultural determinants of nutritional health in transitional economies of Eastern Europe and the Pacific. He has conducted research in Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, Poland, the UK, Australia, Bangladesh, Nepal and India. His books include Human Energetics in Biological Anthropology; Nutritional Anthropology; Prospects and Perspectives (with Simon Strickland).
This book - presents a powerful case for anthropology that provides a full and whole account of the contemporary world, as well as some dilemmas - Taken together, the different approaches and case studies presented in this volume amount to an important and refreshing perspective - showing how contemporary social anthropology, with [its] 'interdisciplinary turn', offers explanations that can help us understand the interplay of culture, society, biology, genetics, and ecology.A" * JRAI