Colloquium: Felicia Madimenos, "The Shuar Health and Life History Project..."

OCT 04, 2013 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




October 04, 2013: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM





Felicia Madimenos
Department of Anthropology
Queens College, CUNY

"The Shuar Life and Health History Project: Market Integration, Life History and Health in an Indigenous Amazonian Ecuadorian Population"
While much of the world’s population lives in market economies, precisely how market integration has affected critical life history trade-offs (LHT) that impact health remain largely unknown since a myriad of factors have changed along with the transition to market economy. Such studies are critical however because our biology is largely adapted to pre-market conditions. The Shuar Health and Life History Project is based on a simple premise: people physiologically and psychologically regulate their life history strategies in response to socio-economic conditions, such that increasing market integration (MI) will affect key LHTs that affect health. Traditionally forager-horticulturalists, Shuar now experience a wide range of MI across their territory. Here, I will investigate the relationship between market integration measures (diet, material style of life, and household economic survey data) and markers of social stress, growth and health. This talk will provide an overview of the Shuar Health and Life History Project as well as explore specific aspects of the project including activity patterns and bone health changes as a result of market integration.