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- limited quantities of resources and many possible ways to use them
- Economizing
- the rational allocation of scarce means (or resources) to alternative ends
- Systems to:
- allocate scarce resources
- produce needed commodities
- distribute their products to all members of the society
- develop efficient consumption patterns for their products so as to help maintain their
way of life
- Systems of:
- allocation
- production
- distribution
- consumption
- Economic anthropology
- Questions
- how are allocation, production, distribution, and consumption organized in different
- what motivates individuals in different cultures to produce to distribute or exchange,
and to consume?
Culture and ecology
- Cultural ecologists
- to what extent does an environment shape a people’s culture?
- do similar environments tend to produce similar cultures?
- if similarities do occur, what mechanisms are responsible?
- can our knowledge of the relationships between culture and ecology be used to help
Concepts and definitions from ecology
- Ecology
- the study of interrelationships among things in a given environment
- Environment
- all those objects and forces external to the organism with which it interacts, or by which
it is affected
- Biome
- a large geographical region with similar climatic, edaphic, and vegetational
- Ecosystem
- an association of living organisms and inorganic substances that interact to exchange
- Habitat
- a species address

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- Niche
- a species profession
- its characteristic pattern of exploitation within its habitat
- Carrying capacity
- the biomass a particular ecosystem can sustain indefinitely
Concepts and definitions from anthropology
Forms of political organization
- bands
- consist of a number of families living together and cooperating in economic activities
- people come and go often from the group
- 30-100 people in a band
- make decisions collectively
- no individual job specialization - all adult males do the same thing
- egalitarian - no major difference between power, prestige, and wealth between people in
a band
- tribes
- multi community political units
- pan tribal sodalities
- chiefdoms
- multi community political units
- central agency/political office
- hereditary position
- states
- inequality is based primarily on unequal access to productive resources that all people
need to make their living (such as the labour and tools)
- stratified societies
Castes versus classes
- upward mobility possible in class societies but not caste societies
The family
- a social and economic unit consisting minimally of one or more parents and their children
- common forms:
- monogamous/single couple/nuclear
- polygamous (usually polygynous, also polyandrous)
- extended family
Descent groups
- consist of people linked by consanguine ties on the basis of descent from a common ancestor
(apical ancestor)
- rules of descent
- bilateral descent
- unilateral descent
- patrilineal descent

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- matrilineal descent
- types of descent groups
- clan
- phratry
- moiety
History of Cultural Ecology Theory
Environmental Determinism
- also known as geographical determinism
Jean Bidin
- life fluids (bodily humours)
- phlegm, black bile
- phlegmatic
- bilious
The enlightenment
- idea of progress
- societies were different because they expressed differences in achievement
Cultural Evolution
- unilineal cultural evolution
- Lewis Henry Morgan
- savagery
- barbarism
- civilization
Environmental/Geographical Determinism
- highly ethnocentric
- explained similarities between cultures in similar environments, but didn’t explain differences
- could only be accepted if little ethnographic evidence was known
Unilineal Cultural Evolution
- appeared to explain differences between cultures living in similar environments, and
similarities between cultures living in different environments
- assumed existence of one trajectory to cultural evolution
- similarly, could only be accepted prior to extensive ethnographic information being available
Historical Particularism
- each culture os the outcome of its particular history
- each culture has its own particular history
- every culture is unique
- but with focus on differences, what sense does it make to generalize or compare?
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