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Unformatted text preview: interaction and adaptation -- a sophisticated position for his time (1930s through 1950s) By taking this interactive point of view, Steward side-stepped the increasingly sterile debate between determinism and possibilism that had dominated views on human-environment interactions in anthro and other social sciences during previous decades Given the importance of this move, it's fair to say that Steward's CE = beginnings of modern ecological anthropology But CE remains vulnerable on a number of grounds: 1) justification for privileging material forces is inadequately explained (as noted above) 2) focus on subsistence overlooks other adaptive domains (health/disease, reproduction, politics, etc.) 3) vague re adaptive mechanism -- is it decision-making, natural selection, or what? [This last issue will be addressed directly in next lecture and associated readings: What is adaptation, and what roles does it play in biological ecology and ecological anthropology?]...
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