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Principles of Space Anthropology

Establishing a Science of Human Space Settlement

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  • Outlines the new field of space anthropology or exoanthropology - the study of human biological and cultural evolution in extraterrestrial (beyond-Earth) environments

  • Sets an evolutionary tone for space settlement on timescales of multiple human generations

  • Bridges the gap between planners of long-term space missions and anthropologists

Part of the book series: Space and Society (SPSO)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. An Introduction to Space Anthropology

    • Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 1-37
  3. Individual Hominin Biology Beyond Earth

    • Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 39-91
  4. Population Genetics of Human Space Settlement

    • Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 93-153
  5. Cultural Adaptations in Human Space Settlement

    • Cameron M. Smith
    Pages 155-195
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 357-364

About this book

This book shows how anthropology can provide an innovative perspective on the human movement into space. It examines adaptation to space on timescales of generations, rather than merely months or years, and uses evolutionary adaptation as a guiding theme. Employing the lessons of evolutionary adaptation, Principles of Extraterrestrial Anthropology recommends evolutionarily-sound strategies of space settlement, covering genetics at the organismal and population levels. The author organizes the concept of cultural adaptation to environments beyond Earth according to observed patterns in human adaptation on Earth. He uses original artwork and tables to help convey complex information in a form accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Though primarily written to engage students interested in space settlement and exploration, who will eventually build a full anthropology of space settlement, Principles of Extraterrestrial Anthropology is engaging to anthropologists across sub-disciplines, as well as scholars interested in the human dimensions of space exploration and settlement. Just as the term exobiology was invented only a few decades ago to shape the field of space life studies, exoanthropology is outlined to assist in the perpetuation of Earth life through human space settlement.


Keywords

  • Cultural Evolution
  • Exoanthropology
  • Extraterrestrial Anthropology
  • Extraterrestrial Hominin Genetics
  • Extraterrestrial Human Evolution
  • Human Evolution in Space
  • Human Space Colonization
  • Introduction to Exoanthropology

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, USA

    Cameron M. Smith

About the author

Cameron M. Smith, PhD, is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, Oregon. He has been conducting archeological fieldwork for the past 3 decades and has been teaching human evolution and prehistory courses since 1999. He has published both in technical journals ranging from the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and Antiquity to Acta Astronautca, as well as, in popular science articles and books, chiefly on evolution. As much as he is interested in the human past, however, he is equally fascinated by the human future. To this end Dr. Smith has in recent years been steadily building and publicizing an anthropological approach to the issues of human biological and cultural evolution beyond the boundaries of Earth.


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USD 119.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-25021-8
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Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)