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The impact of equality in residential decision making on group composition, cooperation and cultural exchange

Dyble, Mark; (2020) The impact of equality in residential decision making on group composition, cooperation and cultural exchange. In: Moreau, Luc, (ed.) Social inequality before farming? Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of social organization in prehistoric and ethnographic hunter-gatherer-fisher societies. (pp. 51-59). McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research - University of Cambridge: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

One of the most conspicuous features of hunter-gatherer life is mobility – hunter-gatherers ‘move around a lot’ (Lee & DeVore 1968: 11). Of course, some groups and some individuals within these groups move more frequently than others. In many cases, the ability of individuals or groups to move freely is an important manifestation of equality. The aim of this chapter is not to provide a comprehensive survey of residential flexibility in contemporary hunter-gatherers, or to argue that any one residential system was likely to have been dominant among humans before farming. Rather, I start from the assumption that pre-Holocene hunter-gatherers will have varied in their residential systems and instead explore the consequences that this variation may have had on other aspects of life. Specifically, I focus on three topics that have recently received much attention in evolutionary anthropology: social organization, cooperation, and cultural exchange.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The impact of equality in residential decision making on group composition, cooperation and cultural exchange
ISBN-13: 978-1-913344-00-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.17863/CAM.60627
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.60627
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. "Social inequality before farming?" is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivatives 4.0 (International) Licence: (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159123
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