Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers The Foraging Spectrum

ISBN-10: 1107607612
ISBN-13: 9781107607613
Edition: 2nd 2013
Authors: Robert L. Kelly
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List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.002

In this book, Robert L. Kelly challenges the preconceptions that hunter-gatherers were Paleolithic relics living in a raw state of nature, instead crafting a position that emphasizes their diversity, and downplays attempts to model the original foraging lifeway or to use foragers to depict human nature stripped to its core. Kelly reviews the anthropological literature for variation among living foragers in terms of diet, mobility, sharing, land tenure, technology, exchange, male-female relations, division of labor, marriage, descent, and political organization. Using the paradigm of human behavioral ecology, he analyzes the diversity in these areas and seeks to explain rather than explain away variability, and argues for an approach to prehistory that uses archaeological data to test theory rather than one that uses ethnographic analogy to reconstruct the past.

Robert L. Kelly began collecting arrowheads in farmers' fields when he was 10 years old. He has participated in archaeological research since 1973, when he was a sophomore in high school. He has worked on excavations in North and South America and conducted ethnographic research in Madagascar. He currently is conducting research into the Paleo-Indian archaeology of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. A former president of the Society for American Archaeology and a past secretary of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, Kelly has published nearly 100 articles and books, including the 1996 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book THE FORAGING SPECTRUM: DIVERSITY IN HUNTING AND GATHERING SOCIETIES. Dr. Kelly has been a professor at the University of Wyoming since 1997.

Hunter-gatherers and anthropology
Environment, evolution, and anthropological theory
Foraging and subsistence
Mobility
Technology
Sharing, exchange, and land tenure
Group size and demography
Men, women, and foraging
Nonegalitarian hunter-gatherers
Hunter-gatherers and prehistory

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