||Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara
M.A., Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara
B.A., Anthropology, California State University
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Human Behavioral Ecology, Subsistence Strategies, Natural Resource Conservation, Warfare, Belief Systems, Ethnohistory, Medical Anthropology, Development of Social Complexity and Globalization; Indigenous Peoples of the Americas; Minorities and Education
Dr. Richard J. Chacon is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Winthrop University. He has conducted anthropological investigations throughout Latin America. He documented the subsistence patterns and belief systems of the Yanomamö of Venezuela, the Yora of Peru and the Achuar (Shiwiar) of Ecuador. He investigated ritual violence among the Otavalo and Cotacachi Indians of Highland Ecuador. Additionally, he studied the traditional belief patterns of the Kuna of Panama. His specializations are in optimal foraging theory, Amerindian subsistence strategies, warfare, ritual violence, native beliefs, the development of complex societies, ethnohistory and the effects of globalization in addition to analyzing the impacts of missionization on indigenous peoples. He has a special interest in encouraging members of minority communities to pursue higher education. He currently serves as Editor for Springer’s Anthropology and Ethics Series. His publications include: The Great Awakening and Southern Backcountry Revolutionaries (co-authored with Michael Scoggins). New York: Springer (2014); The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare (Eds., R. Chacon and R. Mendoza), New York: Springer (2012); North American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence (Eds., R. Chacon and R. Mendoza), Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2007); Latin American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence (Eds., R. Chacon and R. Mendoza), Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2007); The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians (Eds., R. Chacon and D. Dye), Springer: New York (2007).