- Paperback: 446 pages
- Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156098466X
- ISBN-13: 978-1560984665
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[A]n excellent overview of key issues in hunter-gatherer studies.' (Alan Barnard, American Ethnologist) 'Not since Man the Hunter has there been such a synthesis and such a mix of stimulating ideas. This will be the authoritative work on hunter/gatherers for a good number of years.' (Brian Hayden, Canadian Journal of Archaeology) '[A]uthoritative, comprehensive, and highly readable... A well-worn and heavily annotated copy should be the companion of anyone claiming an interest or expertise in present or past hunter-gatherers.' (Bruce Winterhalder, American Antiquity) Prepublication praise ... 'The Foraging Spectrum [is] a well-written, scrupulously researched synthesis of modern approaches to foraging behavior, both past and present.' (David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History) 'A tour de force of scholarship in behavioral ecology.' (Mathias Guenther, Wilfred Laurier University) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The most important lesson may be that trying to fit human cultural behavior into a scheme in which humans are evolving along a line, as if the species were trying to reach a certain point or all its members were headed in the same forever-vanishing point, cannot account for the variety of data nr for the archaelogical record. Human evolution, whether physical or cultural, does not exhibit such linearity. This artifact of theorectical linearity from outmoded nineteenth-century thinking still pervades much anthropology (as well as biology). It is not helpful scientifically and does not account for the data.
This work helps exemplify how the ongoing Hobbes vs. Rousseau debate in cultural anthropology is overly simplified and--since the false and misleading concept of evolutionary linearity is debunked--is to be replaced by a more complex, if less manipulable and facile, understanding of human culture.
This one of those few books I have read that changes the way I see the world, of immense value to me as I write my own. It is an essential reference in any bibliography dealing with human development, environmental management, or simply understanding the choices we make as peoples.