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Human Diet and Nutrition in Biocultural Perspective

Un libro in lingua di Moffat Tina (EDT) Prowse Tracy (EDT) edito da Berghahn Books, 2010

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"This is a high-quality publication. Many of the chapters are excellent reviews of methods and perspectives in their particular area. The editors have clearly done a good job... There is a strong mix of topics that go well together and are tied together by the first and last chapters."---Alan Goodman, Hampshire College

There are not many areas that are more rooted in both the biological and social-cultural aspects of humanking than diet and nutrition. Throughout human history nutrition has been shaped by political, economic, and cultural forces, and in turn, access to food and nutrition has altered the course and direction of human societies. Using a biocultural approach, the contributors to this volume investigate the ways in which food is both an essential resource fundamental to human health and an expression of human culture and society. The chapters deal with aspects of diet and human nutrition through space and time and span prehistoric, historic, and contemporary societies spread over various geographical regions, including Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia to highlight how biology and culture are inextricably linked.

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