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Prestige goods and the formation of political hierarchy – a costly signaling model

Plourde, A.M.; (2009) Prestige goods and the formation of political hierarchy – a costly signaling model. In: Shennan, S.J., (ed.) Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution. (pp. 265-276). University of California Press: Berkeley, US.

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Abstract

Book description: This volume offers an integrative approach to the application of evolutionary theory in studies of cultural transmission and social evolution and reveals the enormous range of ways in which Darwinian ideas can lead to productive empirical research, the touchstone of any worthwhile theoretical perspective. While many recent works on cultural evolution adopt a specific theoretical framework, such as dual inheritance theory or human behavioral ecology, Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution emphasizes empirical analysis and includes authors who employ a range of backgrounds and methods to address aspects of culture from an evolutionary perspective. Editor Stephen Shennan has assembled archaeologists, evolutionary theorists, and ethnographers, whose essays cover a broad range of time periods, localities, cultural groups, and artifacts.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Prestige goods and the formation of political hierarchy – a costly signaling model
ISBN-13: 9780520255999
Publisher version: http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/11153.php
Language: English
Additional information: Please see http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/2395, http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/2410, http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/2417, http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/2418 http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/3899, http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/14479 for related items.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15510
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