Orderly anarchy : sociopolitical evolution in aboriginal California / Robert L. Bettinger.
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- Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2015.
- Origins of human behavior and culture ; 8.
Origins of Human Behavior and Culture ; 8
1 online resource (309 p.)
- Indians of North America -- California -- Civilization.
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- Orderly Anarchy delivers a provocative and innovative reexamination of sociopolitical evolution among Native American groups in California, a region known for its wealth of prehistoric languages, populations, and cultural adaptations. Scholars have tended to emphasize the development of social complexity and inequality to explain this diversity. Robert L. Bettinger argues instead that "orderly anarchy," the emergence of small, autonomous groups, provided a crucial strategy in social organization. Drawing on ethnographic and archaeological data and evolutionary, economic, and anthropological theory, he shows that these small groups devised diverse solutions to environmental, technological, and social obstacles to the intensified use of resources. This book revises our understanding of how California became the most densely populated landscape in aboriginal North America.
- Front matter
List of Figures
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. California in Broad Evolutionary Perspective
Chapter 3. The Evolution of Intensive Hunting and Gathering in Eastern California
Chapter 4. The Privatization of Food
Chapter 5. Plant Intensification West of the Sierra Crest
Chapter 6. Patrilineal Bands, Sibs, and Tribelets
Chapter 7. Back to the Band: Bilateral Tribelets and Bands
Chapter 8. Money
Chapter 9. The Evolution of Orderly Anarchy
Chapter 10. Conclusion
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520959194 doi
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