intrB15 - economics and subsistence

intrB15 - economics and subsistence - Anthropology 100...

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Anthropology 100 Lecture Outline Subsistence Systems and Economics  1. Economics as a cultural category - We tend to think of economics as a set of institutions dealing with work and money; in most societies, though, economic issues are mixed in with many areas of life that we wouldn't think of as the economy - Economic anthropology isn't so much the study of a certain kind of institution as a lens through which to look at all of society -- a lens focusing on issues of production, distribution, and subsistence 2. Creating wealth: the subsistence system - Subsistence systems , sometimes called adaptive strategies , are ways in which people transform natural materials into useful things - The oldest subsistence system is foraging , or hunting and gathering - Tends to involve band organization - Foragers are usually nomadic within a territory - They tend to have low population densities - This is now a very rare form of subsistence - Foraging technology is lightweight and uses available materials, but it
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ANTH 100 taught by Professor Idunno during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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intrB15 - economics and subsistence - Anthropology 100...

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