Why are humans so different from each other and what makes the human species so different from all other living organisms? This introductory book provides a concise and accessible account of human diversity, of its causes and the ways in which anthropologists go about trying to make sense of it. Carles Salazar offers students a thoroughly integrated view by bringing together biological and sociocultural anthropology and including perspectives from evolutionary biology and psychology.
CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:
09 July 2018
Further / Higher Education
A / AS level
Introduction 1. Being human Human evolution in the history of life Genetic knowledge and individual knowledge The growth of the human brain Theory of mind and the modular structure of the human mind-brain Bibliographical note on Chapter 1 References 2. A new form of knowledge Culture in human evolution The transmission of cultural knowledge The problem of meaning Bibliographical note on Chapter 2 References 3. Theories of difference Understanding human diversity Opening approaches: Anthropology as history Anthropology against history: Functionalism Structuralism and the problem of meaning again Bibliographical note on Chapter 3 References 4. Cultural evolution The puzzle of cultural change Cultural group selection Memes and cultural groups Culture-gene coevolution Random processes and purposeful action Bibliographical note on Chapter 4 References 5. Summary and conclusions
Carles Salazar is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Lleida, Spain. He has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK.