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The Origins of Agriculture: An Evolutionary Perspective presents an alternative approach to understanding cultural variation and change. It aims to demonstrate that domestication and the origin of agricultural systems are best understood by attempting to explicate the evolutionary forces that affected that development of domesticates and agricultural systems. The book begins by discussing cultural change, the domestication of plants, and the origin of agricultural systems in the most general of terms. It considers Darwinism in some depth, concentrating on the relationship between natural selection and cultural change. Subsequent chapters examine the world of domestication and agriculture and present a series of concepts that may permit a more natural explanation for these processes. These include concepts such as incidental domestication, specialized domestication, and agricultural domestication. The final two chapters present models for the origin and spread of agricultural systems based upon Darwinian evolutionary theory.
1. Agriculture, Evolution, and Paradigms
Agriculture and the Paradigm of Consciousness
Environmental Determinism and Orthogenesis
Adaptation, Equilibrium and Systems Theory
2. Darwinism and Culture
Natural Selection, Fitness, and Adaptation
The Unit and Level of Selection
Natural Selection and Cultural Change
Variation and Evolution
Culture and Evolution
3. The Naturalness of the Human-Plant Relationship
Biology and Intent
Coevolution and Dispersal
Weeds and Mimicry
Humans and Domestication
4. The Evolution of Domestication
Utilization and Domestication
A Taxonomy for Domestication from an Evolutionary Perspective
Complexity and Stability
Domestication and Sedentism
Domestication and Changing Selective Pressures
5. Feeding Behavior and Change in Diet
The General Model
The Graphic Model
Valuation and Domestication
Agricultural Domestication and Diet
Timing and a Test
6. Instability, Cultural Fecundity, and Dispersals
Domestication and Demography
Dispersals of Agricultural Systems
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- © Academic Press 1984
- 28th December 1987
- Academic Press
- eBook ISBN:
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