The trouble with human nature : health, conflict, and difference in biocultural perspective / Elizabeth D. Whitaker.
- Oxon, [United Kingdom] : Routledge, 2017.
vi, 305 pages ; 24 cm
- Medical anthropology.
- Medical subjects:
- Anthropology, Medical.
- This text brings together biological and cross-cultural evidence to critically examine common preconceptions and challenge popular assumptions about human nature. It set outs to counter genetic and evolutionary myths about human variation and behavior, drawing on both biological and cultural anthropology, as well as from other disciplines including psychology, economics, and sociology.
- PART I: Pathways to the present
1. Envisioning evolution: representations of humanness and causation
2. Origin stories: the co-evolution of human anatomy and sociality
3. Losses and gains: economic and health transitions since the Neolithic Revolution
PART II: Plasticity, identity, and health
4. Thicker than water: blood and milk in human evolution
5. Risk and responsibility: power and danger in individualized approaches to preventive health
6. Difference as destiny: race, sex, and culture
PART III: Sex and gender
7. Choosers and cheaters: the sexual/reproductive conflict hypothesis
8. Hoe and plow, pig and cow: work, family, and gender stratification
9. Tale of two-spirits: constructing gender and sexuality, aptitudes and inclinations
PART IV: Conflict and violence
10. Savage empathy: sources of competitiveness and cooperativeness, greed and generosity
11. Why stratify? Inequality and interpersonal violence
12. Peace and war: patterns and prevention of violent intergroup conflict
Appendix: Life expectancy rate calculations
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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