Biological Implications of Human Mobility


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Series: Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED078000

This book outlays the possible influence of some important aspects of human migration and social mobility on the biological characters of human populations, including their health and well-being. It contains ten contributions from different researchers working in this area of research. The first chapter, written by Budnik and Henneberg, demonstrates the effect of social class and mobility on morphological characters of body size like height and body mass index (BMI) in a historical population of Poland. In Chapter Two, Chakraborty et al. shows that the migration of disadvantaged people to an adverse environment in an early period of growth and development may increase health risk in adulthood compared to those after completion of major physical growth period, or even compared to those who are born into that adverse environment. Chapter Three (by J. R. Ghosh) reveals the influence of educational and occupational positions on clinical hypertension among adult males from the eastern part of India. In the fourth chapter of this volume, S. Ghosh et al. attempts to find out the relationship between the socio-economic status of family and growth on height and weight demographics in school children aged 5-12 from Kolkata, India. Godina et al. in Chapter Five delineates the differences in various anthropometrical measurements in children and adolescents aged 7 to 17 years across different types of schools, representing different social strata in Moscow. Chapter Six by Kaczmarek discusses the implications of rural to urban migration and its impact on women’s health status in Poland. The next chapter by Krzy¿anowska* and C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor discusses the impact of regional migration and social mobility on variation in adult height, weight and Body Mass Index, which is evidenced from a British cohort study. In Chapter Eight, Gomula and Koziel highlight from a study in Poland the effect of social mobility of fathers on maturity, measured by the age at menarche in their daughters. In the next chapter, Missoni and Šarac review dietary and lifestyle characteristics in the Eastern Adriatic Islands of Croatia in the backdrop of recent economic transition, urbanisation and migration. The tenth chapter contributed by Singh and Kirchengast compares demographic health related characteristics and reproductive behaviours between Punjabi women residing in Punjab and in Vienna, Austria.
This book will be useful for researchers dealing with biological implications of human mobility. It may be of particular interest to human biologists, biological anthropologists, epidemiologists, demographers, economists and other researchers dealing with biological implications of human mobility. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Appearance of a New Social Class of Wealthy Commoners in the 19th and the Early 20th Century Poland and its Biological Consequences
Alicja Budnik and Maciej Henneberg (Institute of Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznañ, Poland, and others)

Chapter 2. Is the Effect of Age on Diastolic Blood Pressure Modified by the Age at Migration? A Study Among the Adult Male Slum Dwellers in Eastern India
Raja Chakraborty, Slawomir Koziel and Kaushik Bose (Department of Anthropology, Dinabandhu Mahavidyalaya, Bongaon, West Bengal, India, and others)

Chapter 3. Socioeconomic Status, Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Jyoti Ratan Ghosh (Department of Anthropology, Visva Bharati University, West Bengal, India)

Chapter 4. Higher Grade of Socioeconomic Status is Associated with the Increased Physical Growth of Schoolchildren of Kolkata, India
Satabdi Ghosh, Tusharkanti Ghosh and Ananga Mohan Chandra (Department of Physiology, University College of Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal)

Chapter 5. Differences in Growth and Development Between Moscow Schoolchildren Due to Their Family Status
Elena Godina, Irena Khomyakova, Ludmila Zadorojnaya (Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 6. Rural to Urban Migration and its Impact on Women’s Health Status in Poland
Maria Kaczmarek (Institute of Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznañ, Poland)

Chapter 7. Does Social Mobility of Fathers Affect Age at Menarche in Daughters?
Slawomir Koziel and Aleksandra Gomula (Polish Academy of Sciences, Anthropology Unit in Wroc³aw, Wroc³aw, Poland)

Chapter 8. Impact of Regional Migration and Social Mobility on Variation in Adult Height, Weight and Body Mass Index: Evidence from a British Cohort Study
Monika Krzyżanowska and C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor (Department of Human Biology, University of Wroc³aw, Poland, and others)

Chapter 9. Population Dynamics, Dietary Habits and Lifestyle Changes in the Eastern Adriatic: A Review
Saša Missoni and Jelena Šarac (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia)

Chapter 10. Migrants in the City – International Migration and Women’s Reproductive Health with Special Respect to Punjabi Women in Vienna, Austria
Maryam Sing and Sylvia Kirchengast (Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria)


Additional Information

Audience: Researchers and professionals in biological anthropology, public health, preventive and social medicine, social epidemiology, cultural epidemiology. The graduate, post graduate, doctoral students shall be the major beneficiaries out of this publication.


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