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Social Learning and Innovation in Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers

Evolutionary and Ethnographic Perspectives

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  • Is the first and only book on social learning in hunter–gatherers

  • Employs multidisciplinary (biological and cultural anthropology, developmental psychology, education) theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding social learning and innovation in hunter–gatherers

  • Emphasizes field-based studies of hunter–gatherers

  • Integrates and utilizes field-based ethnography to address theoretical issues in archaeology and prehistory

Part of the book series: Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series (RNMH)

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Evolutionary Approaches to Social Learning: Modes and Processes of Social Learning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Hunter-Gatherer Social Learning

      • Zachary H. Garfield, Melissa J. Garfield, Barry S. Hewlett
      Pages 19-34
    3. Teaching and Overimitation Among Aka Hunter-Gatherers

      • Barry S. Hewlett, Richard E. W. Berl, Casey J. Roulette
      Pages 35-45
    4. A Multistage Learning Model for Cultural Transmission: Evidence from Three Indigenous Societies

      • Victoria Reyes-García, Sandrine Gallois, Kathryn Demps
      Pages 47-60
    5. Learning to Spear Hunt Among Ethiopian Chabu Adolescent Hunter-Gatherers

      • Samuel Jilo Dira, Barry S. Hewlett
      Pages 71-81

About this book

This is the first book to examine social learning and innovation in hunter–gatherers from around the world. More is known about social learning in chimpanzees and nonhuman primates than is known about social learning in hunter–gatherers, a way of life that characterized most of human history. The book describes diverse patterns of learning and teaching behaviors in contemporary hunter–gatherers from the perspectives of cultural anthropology, ecological anthropology, biological anthropology, and developmental psychology. The book addresses several theoretical issues including the learning hypothesis which suggests that the fate of Homo sapiens and Neanderthals in the last glacial period might have been due to the differences in learning ability. It has been unequivocally claimed that social learning is intrinsically important for human beings; however, the characteristics of human learning remain under a dense fog despite innumerable studies with children from urban–industrial cultures. Controversy continues on problems such as: do hunter–gatherers teach? If so, what types of teaching occur, who does it, how often, under what contexts, and so on. The book explores the most basic and intrinsic aspects of social learning as well as the foundation of innovative activities in everyday activities of contemporary hunter–gatherer people across the earth. The book examines how hunter-gatherer core values, such as gender and age egalitarianism and extensive sharing of food and childcare are transmitted and acquired by children. Chapters are grouped into five sections: 1) theoretical perspectives of learning in hunter–gatherers, 2) modes and processes of social learning in hunter–gatherers, 3) innovation and cumulative culture, 4) play and other cultural contexts of social learning and innovation, 5) biological contexts of learning and innovation. Ideas and concepts based on the data gathered through an intensive fieldwork by the authors will give much insight into the mechanisms and meanings of learning and education in modern humans.

Keywords

  • Child development
  • Contemporary hunter-gatherers
  • Cultural transmission
  • Innovation of humans
  • Learning strategy
  • Neanderthal to human
  • Residential and logistical mobility
  • Skill transfer early humans
  • Social learning
  • Social learning early humans
  • Social learning Neanderthals

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Kobe Gakuin University, Kobe, Japan

    Hideaki Terashima

  • Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Vancouver, USA

    Barry S. Hewlett

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Social Learning and Innovation in Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers

  • Book Subtitle: Evolutionary and Ethnographic Perspectives

  • Editors: Hideaki Terashima, Barry S. Hewlett

  • Series Title: Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-55997-9

  • Publisher: Springer Tokyo

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Japan 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-4-431-55995-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-4-431-56749-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-4-431-55997-9

  • Series ISSN: 2365-063X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2365-0648

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 318

  • Number of Illustrations: 22 b/w illustrations, 57 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Anthropology, Cognitive Psychology, Archaeology

Buying options

eBook
USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-4-431-55997-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)