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Systems Theory Systems theory applies to mechanical, biological and cultural systems Features Definition: a collection of parts that interact to function as a whole Systems require energy and information to function Stability maintained by checks and adjustments (= negative feedback) Change occurs through positive feedback, magnifies through system Small causes may have big effects Law of Unintended Consequences
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Cultural Systems Cultures are complex systems Interrelated elements environment mode of production (economies) social organization and regulation expressive culture (art, ritual) values all understood through worldview communicated through language Forms of positive feedback : technologies structures of power
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Tsembaga Maring Negative feedback through ritual
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Unformatted text preview: Staple of diet = yams low protein, size of gardens caps # of pigs, yams are basis of prestige Pigs = high protein highly prized, used in funerals and other ceremonies If pigs , then conflict over yams , people are killed KAIKO, pig slaughter ceremony, pigs eaten, conflict Result: population remains stable, within carrying capacity of ecosystem AND periodic protein is available Chumash Santa Barbara area egalitarian groups with chiefs, using balsa canoes introduce plank canoes (tomol) division of labor ability to hunt mammals use of shell bead money transport more people increased rituals, elite marriages emergence of chiefly elite positive or negative feedback?...
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