Human Population Biology: A Transdisciplinary Science

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorMichael A. Little, Jere D. Haas

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This book is a careful integration of the social and biological sciences, drawing on anthropology, biology, human ecology and medicine to provide a comprehensive understanding of how our species adapts to natural and man-made environments. Part I presents techniques to adapt and applydemographic methods to small populations, particularly important for studying non-Western populations. Part II discusses the relationship of medical genetics to human adaptability and patterns of disease in non-Western populations. Part III covers capacity, climatic stress, and nutrition. PartIV presents methods for growth assessment and prediction and addresses the topic of aging. The final section, Part V, presents integrated case studies of human adaptation to high altitude, and patterns of modernization and stress resulting from cultural change.

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As understanding about the universe grows, the traditional borders that circumscribe realms of exploration (academic sciences) become less well defined, and new fields arise. Human population biology is moving toward this transdisciplinary level from a biobehavioral and biocultural base that has its origins in anthropology.

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This book is a careful integration of the social and biological sciences, drawing on anthropology, biology, human ecology and medicine to provide a comprehensive understanding of how our species adapts to natural and man-made environments. Part I presents techniques to adapt and applydemographic methods to small populations, particula...

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As understanding about the universe grows, the traditional borders that circumscribe realms of exploration (academic sciences) become less well defined, and new fields arise. Human population biology is moving toward this transdisciplinary level from a biobehavioral and biocultural base that has its origins in anthropology.

Michael A. Little is at State University of New York at Binghamton. Jere D. Haas is at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195050165

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M. A. Little and J. D. Haas: Introduction: Human Population Biology and the Concept of TransdisciplinarityPART I: Demography and Population1. P. W. Leslie and T. B. Gage: Demography and Human Population Biology: Problems and Progress2. T. B. Gage et al.: Demographic Studies and Human Population BiologyPART II: Genetics, Epidemiology, and Clinical Medicine3. C. Hoff, R. M. Garruto and N. Durham: Human Adaptability and Medical Genetics4. R. M. Garruto et al.: Natural Experimental Models in Human Biology, Epidemiology and Clinical MedicinePART III: Physiology and the Environment5. C. A. Weitz: An Anthropological Perspective on the Study of Work Capacity6. J. M. Hanna, M. A. Little, and D. M. Austin: Climatic Physiology7. J. D. Haas and D. L. Pelletier: Nutrition and Human Population BiologyPART IV: The Life Cycle8. I. G. Pawson, C. C. Ballew, and J. R. Bindon: New Perspectives and Directions in Human Biology and Growth9. C. M. Beall and C. A. Weitz: The Human Population Biology of AgingPART V: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Human Population Biology10. A. R. Frisancho and L. P. Greksa: Developmental Responses in the Acquisition of Functional Adaptation to High Altitude11. L. P. Greksa and C. M. Beall: Development of Chest Size and Lung Function at High Altitude12. C. C. Ballew, R. M. Garruto, and J. D. Haas: High-Altitude Hematology: Paradigm or Enigma?13. S. T. McGarvey et al.: Modernization and Adiposity: Causes and Consequences14. G. D. James, D. E. Crews and J. Pearson: Catecholamines and Stress15. R. B. Thomas, T. B. Gage and M. A. Little: Reflections on Adaptive and Ecological Models

From Our Editors

As understanding about the universe grows, the traditional borders that circumscribe realms of exploration (academic sciences) become less well defined, and new fields arise. Human population biology is moving toward this transdisciplinary level from a biobehavioral and biocultural base that has its origins in anthropology.

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"The breadth of coverage of the chapters, the chapter bibliographies, and the emphasis on directions for future research make this volume a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any anthropologist or nonanthropologist interested in biocultural aspects of our own species. In addition, I thinkit will find a niche in upper-level courses or seminars dealing with the subject of human adaptation, whether they are taught in anthropology, physiology, nutrition, ecology, demography, or medical science departments. . . .Stands as a testament to Baker's vision and his teaching." --AmericanJournal of Human Biology