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

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The author wrote this book primarily for his archaeology students, to show them how dangerous anthropological analogy is and how variable the actual practices of foragers of the recent past and today are. His survey of anthropological literature points to differences in foraging societies' patterns of diet, mobility, sharing, land tenure, exchange, gender relations, division of labour, marriage, descent and political organisation. By considering the actual, not imagined, reasons behind diverse behaviour this book argues for a revision of many archaeological models of prehistory. From the reviews "[A]n excellent overview of key issues in hunter-gatherer studies." Alan Barnard in American Ethnologist "Not since Man the Hunter has there been such a synthesis and such a mix of stimulating ideas. This will be the authoritative work on hunter/gatherers for a good number of years." Brian Hayden in Canadian Journal of Archaeology "[A]uthoritative, comprehensive, and highly readable. . . . A well-worn and heavily annotated copy should be the companion of anyone claiming an interest or expertise in present or past hunter-gatherers." Bruce Winterhalder in American Antiquity Prepublication praise "The Foraging Spectrum [is] a well-written, scrupulously researched synthesis of modern approaches to foraging behavior, both past and present." David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History "A tour de force of scholarship in behavioral ecology." Mathias Guenther, Wilfred Laurier University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975273883
  • Publisher: Eliot Werner Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 925,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Kelly, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Hunter-Gatherers and Anthropology Chapter 2. Environment, Evolution, and Anthropological Theory Chapter 3. Foraging and Subsistence Chapter 4. Foraging and Mobility Chapter 5. Sharing, Exchange, and Land Tenure Chapter 6. Group Size and Reproduction Chapter 7. Men, Women, and Foraging Chapter 8. Egalitarian and Nonegalitarian Hunter-Gatherers Hunter-Gatherers and Prehistory Notes References Index

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