Food And Evolution: Toward a Theory of Human Food Habits

Food And Evolution: Toward a Theory of Human Food Habits

By: Marvin Harris (author)Paperback

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An unprecedented interdisciplinary effort suggests that there is a systematic theory behind why humans eat what they eat


Introduction Part I: Theoretical Overview 1. An Overview of Trends in Dietary Variation from Hunter-Gatherer to Modern Capitalist Societies - Eric B. Ross 2. Foodways: Historical Overview and Theoretical Prolegomenon - Marvin Harris Part II: Bioevolutionary Antecedents and Constraints 3. Primate Diets and Gut Morphology: Implications for Hominid Evolution - Katharine Milton 4. Omnivorous Primate Diets and Human Overconsumption of Meat - William J. Hamilton III 5. Fava Bean Consumption: A Case for the Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture - Solomon H. Katz Part III: Nutritional and Biopsychological Constraints 6. Problems and Pitfalls in the Assessment of Human Nutritional Status - P.L. Pellett 7. Psychobiological Perspectives on Food Preferences and Avoidances - Paul Rozin 8. The Preference for Animal Protein and Fat: A Cross-Cultural Survey - H. Leon Abrams, Jr. 9. Biocultural Consequences of Animals Versus Plants as Sources of Fats, Proteins, and Other Nutrients - Leslie Sue Lieberman Part IV: Pre-State Foodways: Past and Present 10. The Significance of Long-Term Changes in Human Diet and Food Economy - Mark N. Cohen 11. Life in the "Garden of Eden": Causes and Consequences of the Adoption of Marine Diets by Human Societies - David R. Yesner 12. The Analysis of Hunter-Gatherer Diets: Stalking an Optimal Foraging Model - Bruce Winterhalder 13. How Much Food Do Foragers Need? - Kristen Hawkes 14. Aboriginal Subsistence in a Tropical Rain Forest Environment: Food Procurement, Cannibalism, and Population Regulation in Northeastern Australia - David R. Harris 15. Ecological and Structural Influences on the Proportions of Wild Foods in the Diets of Two Machiguenga Communities - Allen Johnson and Michael Baksh 16. Limiting Factors in Amazonian Ecology - Kenneth R. Good Part V: The Political Economy and the Political Ecology of Contemporary Foodways 17. Loaves and Fishes in Bangladesh - Shirley Lindenbaum 18. Animal Protein Consumption and the Sacred Cow Complex in India - K.N. Nair 19. The Effects of Colonialism and Neocolonialism on the Gastronomic Patterns of the Third World - Richard W. Franke 20. Stability and Change in Highland Andean Dietary Patterns - Benjamin S. Orlove 21. Social Class and Diet in Contemporary Mexico - Gretel H. Pelto 22. From Costa Rican Pasture to North American Hamburger - Marc Edelman Part VI: Discussion and Conclusions 23. The Evolution of Human Subsistence - Anna Roosevelt 24. Biocultural Aspects of Food Choice - George Armelagos Afterword About the Contributors

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  • ISBN13: 9780877226680
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 646
  • ID: 9780877226680
  • ISBN10: 0877226687

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