The Anthropology of Sport and Human Movement: A Biocultural Perspective (Google eBook)

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Robert R. Sands, Linda R. Sands
Lexington Books, Oct 11, 2010 - Social Science - 366 pages
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The evolution of the human species has always been closely tied to the relationship between biology and culture, and the human condition is rooted in this fascinating intersection. Sport, games, and competition serve as a nexus for humanity's innate fixation on movement and social activity, and these activities have served throughout history to encourage the proliferation of human culture for any number of exclusive or inclusive motivations: money, fame, health, spirituality, or social and cultural solidarity.

The study of anthropology, as presented in Anthropology of Sport and Human Movement, provides a scope that offers a critical and discerning perspective on the complex calculus involving human biological and cultural variation that produces human movement and performance. Each chapter of this compelling collection resonates with the theme of a tightly woven relationship of biology and culture, of evolutionary implications and contemporary biological and cultural expression.
  

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Contents

Part 1 FOUNDATIONS
1
Chapter 1 Anthropology Revisits Sport through Human Movement
5
Chapter 2 Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man
39
The Evolution of Play in Humans and Other Animals
61
THE PRECURSOR TO SPORT
91
Chapter 4 Endurance Predator
95
Chapter 5 Thermoregulation and Hydrating Strategies in Human Evolution
103
Running into the Pleistocene
143
The Shared Origins of Humanity and Why We Are Different
213
Where is the Scientific Evidence?
243
Part 4 PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE
263
The Original Cross Trainer
267
The Physiology of Strain and Exercise Intensity c 18501920
277
On Ineptness and a SkillShaped Body
297
Reducing ExerciseInduced Pain Sensations Using Gene Transfer
327
Index
343

Part 3 CULTURE GENES RACE AND PERFORMANCE
183
A Historical and Anthropological Perspective
187
Contributors
347
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About the author (2010)

Robert R. Sands is a consultant for the Department of Defense for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture programs.

Linda R. Sands is a wildlife biologist and project scientist with CH2M HILL.

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