Many sub-fields of anthropology, which were for many years kept apart, have, over the last few years, been coming together in new, mutually fruitful ways as in areas such as museum ethnography, material culture studies, biological and medical anthropology, ecological anthropology, linguistic and cognitive anthropology, and archaeological anthropology. This volume addresses the new challenges that holistic anthropology presents and explores topics such as the social understanding, interpretation and appropriation of new biological technologies, which increasingly penetrate most aspects of physical life, including reproduction, food, biomedicine, health, but also physical performance and art. Convergence in anthropology heralds a new phase in the development of the subject.
David Parkin has since 1996 been Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and was previously from 1964 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He works in Eastern Africa among Muslims and non-Muslims on religion, healing, language, human bodily intelligence, and material culture. His books include Sacred Void; Islamic Prayer across the Indian Ocean; The Politics of Cultural Performance. Stanley Ulijaszek is Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Oxford, and was previously at the University of Cambridge. Current research interests include human evolutionary nutrition, and biocultural determinants of nutritional health in transitional economies of Eastern Europe and the Pacific. He has conducted research in Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, Poland, the UK, Australia, Bangladesh, Nepal and India. His books include Human Energetics in Biological Anthropology; Nutritional Anthropology; Prospects and Perspectives (with Simon Strickland).
Release date Australia
October 15th, 2007
Edited by David Parkin
Edited by Stanley J. Ulijaszek