Culture, Environment and Health in the Yucatan Peninsula

A Human Ecology Perspective

Editors: Azcorra, Hugo, Dickinson, Federico (Eds.)

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  • Shows how social, political, economic, cultural and environmental changes affect human health over time
  • Adopts a human ecology approach to analyze the interactions between natural environment, human biology, health and social issues in the Yucatan Peninsula since the Classic Maya Period
  • Will be of interest to social and life scientists from fields such as anthropology, human biology and environmental health, as well as to public health researchers and practitioners
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This book adopts a human ecology approach to present an overview of the biological responses to social, political, economic, cultural and environmental changes that affected human populations in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, since the Classic Maya Period. Human bodies express social relations, and we can read these relations by analyzing biological tissues or systems, and by measuring certain phenotypical traits at the population level. Departing from this theoretical premise, the contributors to this volume analyze the interactions between ecosystems, sociocultural systems and human biology in a specific geographic region to show how changes in sociocultural and natural environment affect the health of a population over time.  

This edited volume brings together contributions from a range of different scientific disciplines – such as biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, human biology, nutrition, epidemiology, ecotoxicology, political economy, sociology and ecology – that analyze the interactions between culture, environment and health in different domains of human life, such as:

  • The political ecology of food, nutrition and health
  • Impacts of social and economic changes in children’s diet and women’s fertility
  • Biological consequences of social vulnerability in urban areas
  • Impacts of toxic contamination of natural resources on human health
  • Ecological and sociocultural determinants of infectious diseases

Culture, Environment and Health in the Yucatan Peninsula – A Human Ecology Perspective will be of interest to researchers from the social, health and life sciences dedicated to the study of the interactions between natural environments, human biology, health and social issues, especially in fields such as biological and sociocultural anthropology, health promotion and environmental health. It will also be a useful tool to health professionals and public agents responsible for designing and applying public health policies in contexts of social vulnerability.  


About the authors

Hugo Azcorra is a human biologist working in the the Department of Human Ecology at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute in Merida, Mexico (Cinvestav-Merida). He is interested in the biology of populations during early stages of growth and development and how biological conditions are shaped by environmental factors and intergenerational influences. The most of his research have been focused on how chronic adverse living conditions experienced by Mayan populations from Yucatan have impacted their biological conditions. 
Federico Dickinson is a Mexican biological anthropologist and human ecologist with a Sc.D. from the Polish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dickinson is the founder of the Department of Human Ecology at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute in Merida, Mexico (Cinvestav-Merida), where he has developed his research lines on human growth in the last 33 years. 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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eBook 117,69 €
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Hardcover 155,99 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Culture, Environment and Health in the Yucatan Peninsula
Book Subtitle
A Human Ecology Perspective
Editors
  • Hugo Azcorra
  • Federico Dickinson
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27001-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27001-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27000-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 336
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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