Hunter-Gatherers: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

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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: 9780521772105
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Biosocial Society Symposium Series , #13
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 1,031,823
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Lines of enquiry Catherine Panter-Brick, Robert H. Layton and Peter Rowley-Conwy; 2. The behavioural ecology of hunter-gatherers Bruce Winterhalder; 3. How original is the 'original affluent society'? Time, change and the archaeology of hunter-gatherers Peter Rowley-Conwy; 4. Hunter-gatherer technology: macro and micro-scale approaches Robin Torrence; 5. The antiquity of hunter-gatherers Steven L. Kuhn and Mary C. Stiner; 6. Language shift and language spread among hunter-gatherers Patrick McConvell; 7. Hunter-gatherer demography Renee Pennington; 8. Nutritional ecology: diet, growth, physical activity and body size Mark Jenike; 9. Evolutionary biology of hunter-gatherer populations Alain Froment; 10. Hunting for images, gathering up meanings: art for life in hunting-gathering societies Margaret W. Conkey; 11. Hunter-gatherers, their neighbours and the nation state Robert H. Layton; Glossary.
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