The Study of human variation

Goran Štrkalj

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Abstract

Different approaches to the study of human variation have been debated for centuries. One of the major issues still discussed in anthropology and related sciences is whether the concept of race should be utilised in the study of human variation. This paper suggests an approach to the study of human biological variation which eliminates the race concept while preserving the classificatory process. It is based on the application of artificial classification and the assumption that infraspecific classification of the species Homo sapiens is possible only if it is invoked as an instrument of convenience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnthropology today
Subtitle of host publicationtrends, scope and applications
EditorsVeena Bhasin, M.K Bhasin
Place of PublicationDelhi, India
PublisherKamla-Raj Enterprises
Pages161-165
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)8185264457
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Homo sapiens
  • 'race'
  • infraspecific classification
  • artificial classification

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    Štrkalj, G. (2007). The Study of human variation. In V. Bhasin, & M. K. Bhasin (Eds.), Anthropology today: trends, scope and applications (pp. 161-165). Delhi, India: Kamla-Raj Enterprises.