Technology as Human Social Tradition: Cultural Transmission among Hunter-Gatherers (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture)

Technology as Human Social Tradition: Cultural Transmission among Hunter-Gatherers (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture)


Technology as Human Social Tradition outlines a unique method of learning variability and cumulative switch in human technology—prominent learn subject matters in either archaeology and anthropology. Peter Jordan argues that human fabric tradition is better understood as an expression of social culture. during this method, each one artifact stands as an output of a particular operational series with particular offerings made at every one degree in its construction. Jordan additionally explores various fabric tradition traditions which are propagated via social studying, elements that advertise coherent lineages of culture to shape, and the level to which those cultural lineages express congruence with each other and with language history.

Drawing at the program of cultural transmission conception to empirical examine, Jordan develops a descent-with-modification point of view at the know-how of Northern Hemisphere hunter-gatherers. Case stories from indigenous societies in Northwest Siberia, the Pacific Northwest Coast, and northerly California supply cross-cultural insights on the topic of the evolution of fabric tradition traditions at varied social and spatial scales. This publication offers new methods of exploring many of the basic elements that generate human cultural range within the deep previous and during to the present.

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