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Hunter-Gatherers in History, Archaeology and Anthropology - Alan Barnard

Hunter-Gatherers in History, Archaeology and Anthropology

By: Alan Barnard (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9781859738207
Number Of Pages: 288

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The study of hunter-gatherers has had a profound impact on thinking about human nature and about the nature of society. The subject has especially influenced ideas on social evolution and on the development of human culture. Anthropologists and archaeologists continue to investigate living hunter-gatherers and the remains of past hunter-gatherer societies in the hope of unearthing the secrets of our ancestors and learning something of the natural existence of humankind. Hunter-Gatherers in History, Archaeology and Anthropology provides a definitive overview of hunter-gatherer historiography, from the earliest anthropological writings through to the present day. What can early visions of the hunter-gatherer tell us about the societies that generated them? How do diverse national traditions, such as American, Russian and Japanese, manifest themselves in hunter-gatherer research? What is the most up-to-date thinking on the subject and how does it reflect current trends within the social sciences? This book provides a much-needed overview of the history of thought on one of science's most intriguing subjects. It will serve as a landmark text for anthropologists, archaeologists and students researching anthropological theory or the history of social anthropology and related disciplines.

'Throughout its history, anthropology has based its most potent prototypes of core humanity on what was known of hunting and gathering peoples. But ethnographic and archaeological studies from around the world, of ever-greater depth and sophistication, have given us the means to challenge these prototypes. It is time to take stock of these studies, to place them in the historical and regional contexts of developing traditions of anthropological research, and to consider how they have responded to wider currents of thought. The Ninth International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, held in Edinburgh in 2002, was convened to do just that. In this volume Alan Barnard has assembled some of the most outstanding contributions to the conference, to provide a benchmark assessment of the past achievements and future prospects of hunter-gatherer research.' Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen '...[T]his volume is indispensable reading for any scholar of hunter-gatherer studies.' Robert L. Kelly, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Hunter-Gatherers in History, Archaeology and Anthropology
Hunter-Gatherers in History, Archaeology and Anthropology
Early Visions of Hunter-Gatherer Society and their Influence
The Meaning of "Hunter-Gatherers" and Modes of Subsistence: A Comparative Historical Perspective
Hunting-and-Gathering Society: An Eighteenth-Century Scottish Invention
Edward Westermarck and the Origin of Moral Ideas
Anthropological History and the Study of Hunters and Gatherers: Cultural and Non-Cultural
National Traditions in Hunter-Gatherer Research
No Escape from Being Theoretically Important: Hunter-Gatherers in German Language Debates of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Hunter-Gatherer Studies in Russia and the Soviet Union
Soviet Traditions in the Study of Siberian Hunter-Gatherer Society
The Japanese Tradition in Central African Hunter-Gatherer Studies with Comparative Observations on the French and American Traditions
The Modern History of Japanese Studies on the San Hunter-Gatherers
Down Ancient Trails: "Hunter-Gatherers" in Indian Archaeology
Reinterpretations in Archaeology, Anthropology and the History of the Disciplines
The Many Ages of Star Carr: Do "Cities" Make the Site?
Ethnographic Models, Archaeological Data, and the Applicability of Modern Foraging Theory
Subtle Shifts and Radical Transformations in Hunter-Gatherer Research in American Anthropology: Julian Steward's Contributions and Achievements
Anthropology as Science or Politics?: Julian Steward and the Doctrine of Terra Mullius
Hunting for Histories: Rethinking Historicity and Indigeneity in the Western Kalahari
(Re-)current Doubts on Hunter-Gatherer Studies as Contemporary History
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ISBN: 9781859738207
ISBN-10: 1859738206
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.57