Gathering vs - Gathering vs. Hunting Fourth tenet of new...

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Gathering vs. Hunting Fourth tenet of new orthodoxy is that gathering plant foods makes greater contribution to subsistence than does hunting of game Given typical sexual division of labor, this would mean that women provide greater share of subsistence than men (an ironic conclusion for a conference & book entitled Man the Hunter !) When the first quantitative studies of H-G diet (e.g., Lee on !Kung) appeared, they indicated that gathering provided 60-70% of food supply This called into question the pervasive emphasis on (male) hunting in human evolution, standard analyses of H-G social organization, gender relations, etc. Again, while this resonated with the contemporaneous social movements and social theory of the 1960s, we need to ask a basic question: are Lee's data for !Kung typical of H-Gs? Answer is both yes and no, depending on how you define "typical" If we consider all 181 societies classified as foragers in the cross-cultural compendium Ethnographic Atlas ( EA
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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