Strategies for Survival: Cultural Behavior in an Ecological Context focuses on the ecological relationships between cultural behavior and its environmental context. The proliferation of ecological studies within anthropology suggests the increasing emphasis given to the systemic context of behavior.
The aim of this book is to develop a framework for examining these relationships and for comparing diverse ecological studies within a coherent conceptual structure. It seeks to include any aspect of behavior, to investigate the links between ideological and material factors, to broaden the view of relevant factors and possible assumptions, and to relate the processes of decision-making to their specific context in a manner allowing cross-cultural comparisons. In the process, certain popular forms of ecological explanation will be examined. In addition, specific behavioral examples will be investigated in an attempt to explain patterns of similarities and differences.
This book is addressed to all individuals interested in human-environmental interactions, including professional anthropologists and general students of human behavior.
Illustrations Preface Introduction: Behavior and Ecology 1 The Context of Ecology1. Anthropology 2. Systems 3. Environment 4. Energy 5. Economics 6. Evolution
2 The Study of Behavior 3 The Context of Survival1. Ecosystem Structure and Function 2. Hazards and Problems
4 Feeding Strategies1. Problems 2. Goals 3. Differential Options 4. Niche Width and Dietary Change 5. Discussion
5 Procurement Strategies1. Problems and Goals 2. Technology 3. Procurement Techniques 4. Procurement Locations 5. Procurement Scheduling
6 Settlement Strategies1. Settlement Permanence 2. Settlement Location 3. Settlement Size 4. Settlement Composition
7 Maintenance Strategies1. Imbalance of Demand and Resources 2. Imbalances of Labor, Mates, and Demand
8 Conclusion: Some Thoughts on Management1. Management 2. The Problem of Problem Recognition 3. Solving the Problems 4. Conflict Avoidance and Resolution
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- © Academic Press 1981
- 28th July 1981
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