Inujjuamiut Foraging Strategies: Evolutionary Ecology of an Arctic Hunting Economy

Inujjuamiut Foraging Strategies: Evolutionary Ecology of an Arctic Hunting Economy

by Eric Alden Smith

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Humans have spent most of their evolutionary history in foraging economies. Inujjuamiut Foraging Strategies evaluates the utility of models drawn from evolutionary ecology, including optimal foraging theory, in analyzing the subsistence economy of a contemporary hunting-gathering people. It synthesizes the theory and analytical techniques of evolutionary ecology and microeconomics with the general concern of anthropology, especially ecological anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202011820
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/1991
Series: Evolutionary Foundations of Human Behavior Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 455
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eric Alden Smith is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington. Educated at University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.) and Cornell University (Ph.D.), he is a specialist in Native American ethnography, ecological and economic anthropology, and evolutionary theory. He and Bruce Winterhalder have edited the seminal Hunter-Gatherer Foraging Strategies, and they are currently completing a volume surveying the application of evolutionary ecology to human behavior. Dr. Smith's next major project involves an analysis of the economic and demographic history of the Inujjuaq region.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Note on Terminology and Orthography

1. The Research Context
General Research Strategy
Evolution, Culture, and Human Behavior

2. Selection, Optimization, and Foraging Strategies
Natural Selection, Optimization, and Evolutionary Ecology
Optimal Foraging Theory: Logic and Structure

3. Natural History
The Natural Setting
Prey Species

4. Human History
History of the Hudson Bay Coast
The Contemporary Village

5. Inujjuamiut Foraging: An Overview
Fieldwork: Logic and Methods
Contemporary Foraging Patterns
Inputs and Outputs: The Time/Energy Budget

6. Prey Choice
Anthropological Views
Models of Optimal Prey Choice
Inujjuamiut Prey Choice
Summary and Conclusions

7. Time Allocation and Patch Choice
Time Allocation and Patch Choice: Theory
Time Allocation and Patch Choice: Evidence

8. Cooperative Foraging
The Social Dimensions of Foraging
Theory of Cooperative Foraging
Inujjuamiut Foraging Groups

9. Foraging in a Mixed Economy
The Problem of the Mixed Economy
Integrated Measures of Production
The Costs and Benefits of Foraging
Summary and Discussion

10. Conclusions and Implications
Summary of Findings

Subject Index

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