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.
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 TablesList of FiguresPrefaceNote on Terminology and Orthography
1. The Research Context Introduction General Research Strategy Evolution, Culture, and Human Behavior Prospect
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 Conclusion
4. Human History Prehistory 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 Conclusions
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 Implications