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Unformatted text preview: theory of change and adaptation than other forms of ecological anth, and thus offers an explicit answer to the question of functionalism (How can beneficial consequences explain the characteristics that produce these benefits?) BE focuses on the micro-level of individual decisions and interactions (both social and environmental), and attempts to generate understanding at larger scales as aggregate outcomes of these lower-level processes; for example, it analyzes the shift from hunting-gathering to agriculture as a process driven by individual choices over preferred food types and subsistence modes (see Winterhalder & Kennett 2006 reading) While BE does not have as many adherents in anthropology as PE, they are quite active in research and publishing, and it is your instructor's favored paradigm, so you will encounter it frequently throughout this course...
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