ISBN-10:
0313247560
ISBN-13:
9780313247569
Pub. Date:
08/30/1991
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Dictionary of Concepts in Physical Anthropology

Dictionary of Concepts in Physical Anthropology

by Joan C. Stevenson

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Overview

This reference dictionary takes a new approach to the study of physical anthropology by focusing on the concepts involved. As Stevenson notes at the outset, physical or biological anthropology is a synthetic discipline which has borrowed much from evolutionary biology, anatomy, genetics, medicine, zoology, paleontology, and demography. Thus, although none of the concepts are unique to the discipline, their relative importance and the contexts in which they are used may be. Here, Stevenson presents concise entries describing the development of physical anthropological concepts followed by bibliographies including most of the major works in the field.

The history of the usage of each concept is traced from its origins—often outside the discipline of physical anthropology—to the contemporary and usually multidisciplinary contexts in which physical anthropologists participate. Entries clearly delineate both the theoretical development of the concepts under discussion and their applications in physical anthropological practice. The comprehensive bibliographies enable the reader to pursue further study of concepts of particular interest. Indispensable to students just beginning their studies in the field, the dictionary will also be an invaluable reference for scholars and researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313247569
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/1991
Series: Reference Sources for the Social Sciences and Humanities Series , #10
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)

About the Author

JOAN C. STEVENSON is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Washington University. She has published articles in journals such as Human Biology, International Journal of Anthropology, and American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Concepts

The Dictionary

Indexes

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