Hunter-Gatherers: An Interdisciplinary Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

Analyses of the ecology, biology and society of past and present-day hunter-gatherers are at the core of this interdisciplinary volume. Since the seminal work of Man the Hunter in 1968, new research in these three areas has become increasingly specialized, and the lines of communication among academic disciplines have all but broken down. This volume aims to reestablish an interdisciplinary debate, presenting critical issues commanding an ongoing interest in hunter-gatherer research, covering the evolution and history, demography, biology, technology, social organization, art, and language of diverse groups. As a reference text, this book will be useful to scholars and students of social anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and human sciences.
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"This volume is informative, current, and well written. It is highly recommended to specialists in hunter-gatherer research as well as non-specialists and students desiring a broader understanding of the ecology, biology, and sociology of recent and past foragers." Western Book Review

"The editors of "Hunter-Gatherers" provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with a set of accessible and balanced reviews of topic, which are currently discussed. The volume is a very useful reference text for teachers and especially students of cultural and social anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and human sciences." SAS Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521776721
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Biosocial Society Symposium Series , #13
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,422,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
1 Lines of enquiry 1
2 The behavioural ecology of hunter-gatherers 12
3 Time, change and the archaeology of hunter-gatherers: how original is the 'Original Affluent Society'? 39
4 Hunter-gatherer technology: macro- and microscale approaches 73
5 The antiquity of hunter-gatherers 99
6 Language shift and language spread among hunter-gatherers 143
7 Hunter-gatherer demography 170
8 Nutritional ecology: diet, physical activity and body size 205
9 Evolutionary biology and health of hunter-gatherer populations 239
10 Hunting for images, gathering up meanings: art for life in hunting-gathering societies 267
11 Hunter-gatherers, their neighbours and the nation state 292
Glossary 322
Index 330
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