Via 100 entries or "mini-chapters," 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of anthropology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume set provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but in a clear, accessible style, devoid of jargon, unnecessary detail or density.Key Features- Emphasizes key curricular topics, making it useful for students researching for term papers, preparing for GREs, or considering topics for a senior thesis, graduate degree, or career.- Comprehensive, providing full coverage of key subthemes and subfields within the discipline, such as applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, physical and biological anthropology, primate studies, and more.- Offers uniform chapter structure so students can easily locate key information, within these sections: Introduction, Theory, Methods, Applications, Comparison, Future Directions, Summary, Bibliography & Suggestions for Further Reading, and Cross References.- Available in print or electronically at SAGE Reference Online, providing students with convenient, easy access to its contents. 

Human Biocultural Diversity

Human Biocultural Diversity

Human biocultural diversity

This chapter focuses on human diversity as seen in both culture and biology. Of the innumerable ways humans can be culturally diverse, this chapter briefly discusses just a handful of characteristics such as religion and belief, social organization, gender, sexual orientation, and even the cultural constructs of race and ethnicity. In addition, a few features of human biological diversity will be discussed such as skin, hair, and eye color and body structure and stature.

Skin color, hair texture and color, nose form, stature, and even eye color are just some of the observable aspects of human biological diversity that have served as adaptations to environmental and geographic conditions. Anthropologists strive to teach physical diversity in terms of geographic clines, gradual changes ...

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