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L’homme et sa diversité

Anne-Marie Guihard-Costa
Gilles Boetsch
Alain Froment


Anne-Marie Guihard-Costa

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What future for biological anthropology ?

In answering this question we need to consider three others :

  • How can biological anthropology be defined ? What are the outlines of the research fields concerned ?
  • What scientific interest and sociological importance can biological anthropology generate for its future development ?
  • Given the current state of the discipline, what are the challenges and prospects ?

The first question concerns the specificity of biological anthropology which, by nature, is interdisciplinary. This “biological human science” has always been close to neighboring biomedical or biocultural fields of research. It has often adopted their methodologies and perspectives, sometimes at the risk of merging with them. In the past, biological anthropology also generated the worst classifactory and racist discourse, which tainted its social representation. This ambiguous and outdated image is now fading, as anthropologists increasingly focus on new problematics concerning biology ...

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