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Hunter-Gatherers

Archaeological and Evolutionary Theory

  • Robert L. Bettinger
  • Raven Garvey
  • Shannon Tushingham

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Historical Approaches to Hunter-Gatherers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 3-31
    3. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 33-63
  3. Theories of Limited Sets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 67-89
    3. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 91-138
    4. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 139-159
  4. Theories of General Sets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 163-185
    3. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 187-237
    4. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 239-278
    5. Robert L. Bettinger, Raven Garvey, Shannon Tushingham
      Pages 279-290
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 291-304

About this book

Introduction

Hunter-gatherer research has played a historically central role in the development of anthropological and evolutionary theory. Today, research in this traditional and enduringly vital field blurs lines of distinction between archaeology and ethnology, and seeks instead to develop perspectives and theories broadly applicable to anthropology and its many subdisciplines.

In the groundbreaking first edition of Hunter-Gatherers: Archaeological and Evolutionary Theory (1991), Robert Bettinger presented an integrative perspective on hunter-gatherer research and advanced a theoretical approach compatible with both traditional anthropological and contemporary evolutionary theories.

Hunter-Gatherers remains a well-respected and much-cited text, now over 20 years since initial publication. Yet, as in other vibrant fields of study, the last two decades have seen important empirical and theoretical advances.  In this second edition of Hunter-Gatherers, co-authors Robert Bettinger, Raven Garvey, and Shannon Tushingham offer a revised and expanded version of the classic text, which includes a succinct and provocative critical synthesis of hunter-gatherer and evolutionary theory, from the Enlightenment to the present. New and expanded sections relate and react to recent developments—some of them the authors’ own—particularly in the realms of optimal foraging and cultural transmission theories.     

An exceptionally informative and ambitious volume on cultural evolutionary theory, Hunter-Gatherers, second edition, is an essential addition to the libraries of anthropologists, archaeologists, and human ecologists alike.

Keywords

American Hunter Gatherer research Neo-Darwinism anthropology Neo-Marxism anthropology archaeological theory and hunter gatherers archaeology of foraging cultural transmission evolutionary biology evolutionary ecology gender theory and hunter gatherers hunter-gatherer diet hunter-gatherer theories middle range theory optimal behavior in anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert L. Bettinger
    • 1
  • Raven Garvey
    • 2
  • Shannon Tushingham
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniveristy of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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