Culture, Biology, and Anthropological Demography

Culture, Biology, and Anthropological Demography

by Eric Abella Roth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521809053

ISBN-13: 9780521809054

Pub. Date: 08/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Two distinctive approaches to the study of human demography exist within anthropology today—anthropological demography and human evolutionary ecology. Eric Roth reconciles these approaches through recognition of common research topics and the construction of a broad theoretical framework incorporating both cultural and biological motivation.

Overview

Two distinctive approaches to the study of human demography exist within anthropology today—anthropological demography and human evolutionary ecology. Eric Roth reconciles these approaches through recognition of common research topics and the construction of a broad theoretical framework incorporating both cultural and biological motivation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521809054
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Series:
New Perspectives on Anthropological and Social Demography Series, #3
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Anthropological Demography and Human Ecological Behavioural Ecology: 1. Two solitudes; 2. Why bother?; 3. Anthropological demography: culture, not biology; 4. Human evolutionary ecology: biology, not culture; 5. Discussion: cultural and biological reductionism; Part II. Reconciling Anthropological Demography and Human Evolutionary Ecology: 6. Common ground; 7. Demographic strategies; 8. Reproductive interests: social interactions, life effort and demographic strategies: a Rendille example; 9. Sepaade as male mating effort; 10. Rendille primogeniture as a parenting strategy; 11. Summary: demographic strategies as links between culture and biology; Part III. Mating Effort and Demographic Strategies: 12. Mating effort as demographic strategies; 13. Cross-cultural mating strategies: polygyny and bridewealth, monogamy and dowry; 14. Bridewealth and the matter of choice; 15. Demographic and cultural change: values and morals; 16. The end of the sepaade tradition: behavioral tracking and moral change; Part IV. Demographic Strategies as Parenting Effort: 17. Parenting effort and the theory of allocation; 18. The Trivers-Willard model and parenting strategies; 19. Parity-specific parental strategies: the case of primogeniture; 20. Local resource competition model; 21. Infanticide and child abandonment: accentuating the negative; 22. Adoption in modern China: stressing the positive; 23. Summary: culture and biology in parental effort; Part V. Future Research Directions: 24. The central place of sex in anthropology and evolution; 25. Male sexuality, education and high risk behavior; 26. Final ground: demographic transitions; Part VI. References Cited.

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