Culture, Environment and Health in the Yucatan Peninsula

A Human Ecology Perspective

  • Hugo Azcorra
  • Federico Dickinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Hugo Azcorra, Federico Dickinson
    Pages 1-8
  3. Living Conditions and Human Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Barry Bogin, Hugo Azcorra, María Luisa Ávila-Escalante, María Teresa Castillo-Burguete, Maria Inês Varela-Silva, Federico Dickinson
      Pages 39-63
    3. Maria Inês Varela-Silva, Samantha Sanchez, Barry Bogin, Federico Dickinson, Hugo Azcorra
      Pages 65-75
    4. Hugo Azcorra, Barry Bogin, Maria Inês Varela-Silva, Federico Dickinson
      Pages 77-96
    5. Thomas Leatherman, Alan H. Goodman, J. Tobias Stillman
      Pages 97-120
    6. Amanda Veile, Sunny Asaf, Erik Otárola-Castillo, Karen L. Kramer
      Pages 159-176
    7. Lynnette Leidy Sievert, Laura Huicochea-Gómez, Diana Cahuich-Campos, Daniel E. Brown
      Pages 177-194
  4. Human Ecology from a Bioarchaeological Perspective

  5. Environment and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Hugo Laviada-Molina, Oswaldo Huchim-Lara, Nina Méndez-Domínguez
      Pages 259-276
    3. Sally López-Osorno, Flor Árcega-Cabrera, José Luís Febles-Patrón, Almira L. Hoogesteijn
      Pages 277-291
    4. Carlos N. Ibarra-Cerdeña, Adriana González-Martínez, Alba R. Valdez-Tah, Claudia Guadalupe Chi-Méndez, María Teresa Castillo-Burguete, Janine M. Ramsey
      Pages 293-309
    5. Federico Dickinson, Hugo Azcorra
      Pages 311-314
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-336

About this book


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.


Human ecology Environment and health Yucatan peninsula Mayan populations Nutritional status Culture and health Living conditions and human biology Bioarchaeology and health Growth stunting

Editors and affiliations

  • Hugo Azcorra
    • 1
  • Federico Dickinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Ecología Humana, Cinvestav-MéridaCentro de Investigaciones Silvio Zavala, Universidad ModeloMéridaMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Ecología HumanaCinvestav-MéridaMéridaMexico

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27000-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27001-8
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