Work Effor1 - Work Effort The old stereotype that foragers...

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Work Effort The old stereotype that foragers work incessantly to meet bare minimum of food needs, and that work effort is thus simply a function of getting enough to survive, has been laid to rest by empirical evidence from several populations This evidence shows that foragers often work shorter hours than the average ethnographer, averaging some 6.5 hours per day (see Hames 1992 time allocation graph ) However, there are some problems with concluding that foragers live a life of relative leisure 1. How do we define work? In time allocation studies, work is typically defined as activities that secure livelihood conducted outside of home This overlooks activities that are necessary for subsistence which take place within the One study showed that including such tasks can as much as double total "work" time Focus on direct subsistence tasks (especially food production) also leaves out other
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