Studies in Social and Physical Anthropology
The appeal of anthropology is to know something about life in the past and how people in other parts of the world live. This book focuses on the curiosity of human evolution and their cultural development, and it presents a wide range of topics authored by experts in physical and social anthropology. The first section of the book presents a significant palaeoanthropological perspective on important stages in human evolution, discussing the purpose of teaching and research in the field of physical anthropology in India. Exhaustive studies of the femur, neck, and shaft angles in modern humans indicate variations related to geographic locale and environment. The importance of the human genome in tackling diseases is another topic covered in this section. In the second section, besides an interesting global debate on the need to save the core features and values of the institution of family, some methodological issues are examined - in the study of Indian diaspora, the hangover of colonialism in India today, and the role of bureaucracy as a legacy of British raj in modern India.
Publication Date: 3/1/2012