The Foraging Spectrum: Diversity in Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways / Edition 1

The Foraging Spectrum: Diversity in Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways / Edition 1

by Robert L. Kelly
     
 

ISBN-10: 156098466X

ISBN-13: 9781560984665

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

Because most of humanity's time as a species has been spent in a hunting-and-gathering subsistence mode, living hunter-gatherers have always played a pivotal role in interpretations of pre-history and anthropological theory. It is widely believed that "human nature" can be seen more clearly at this "stage" than at any other. Challenging this preconception, Robert L.…  See more details below

Overview

Because most of humanity's time as a species has been spent in a hunting-and-gathering subsistence mode, living hunter-gatherers have always played a pivotal role in interpretations of pre-history and anthropological theory. It is widely believed that "human nature" can be seen more clearly at this "stage" than at any other. Challenging this preconception, Robert L. Kelly crafts a new theoretical position by emphasizing the diversity among hunter-gatherer societies - a diversity that belies attempts to establish a single model of a predominant or "original" foraging lifeway. Kelly reviews the anthropological literature for the differences among ethnographically known hunter-gatherers. By considering the actual, not imagined, reasons behind diverse behavior, The Foraging Spectrum argues for a revision of many archaeological models of prehistory. Written for archaeologists and ethnologists outside the field of hunter-gatherer research, it stresses explaining, rather than explaining away, variability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560984665
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Hunter-Gatherers and Anthropology1
2Environment, Evolution, and Anthropological Theory39
3Foraging and Subsistence65
4Foraging and Mobility111
5Sharing, Exchange, and Land Tenure161
6Group Size and Reproduction205
7Men, Women, and Foraging261
8Egalitarian and Nonegalitarian Hunter-Gatherers293
9Hunter-Gatherers and Prehistory333
Notes345
References Cited367
Index435

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