Prehistoric Social Organization Before and After Agriculture: the lexically reconstructed story of Central Algonquian society, showing the transformation of a bilateral forager kindred into an agricultural patrilineal tribe in a resource rich natural envir
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The book presents a detailed account of the transformation in social organization that came with the adoption of subsistence agriculture by the foragers who lived in one resource rich area of the planet (the Lower Great Lakes). The technique used is lexical reconstruction, correlated where possible with archaeological data. My research suggests that in simple societies whose politics are all kin based, the kinship terminology serves as an oral constitution, amendments to which involve new terms with pertinent etymologies. By carefully noting the etymologies of innovations, one can reconstruct prehistoric social change.
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Jun 5, 2004"Prehistoric Social Organization Before and After Agriculture" I won't claim to be unbiased. I think this is a fine book because I wrote it. However, I am the only person on this planet who has read it cover to cover, and I can tell you some useful things that will help you decide if you want to buy it. First, this is not an appropriate book for everyone. It is definitely not entry level. If you are a kinship specialist, I think you will find it fascinating, whether or not you agree with all of the ideas in it. But if you are a general reader, who has not read much anthropology or Algonquian ethnography, you will lack much of the context that gives it its full meaning. I don't want you to buy it and be disappointed. (If in doubt, you can buy a copy and give it to your library. Then a few years from now, after reading many other things, you will be able to check it out and enjoy it.) If you are not sure what to do after reading this review, click on the preview, but... More > first make sure you have all your files closed. The preview crashed Windows when I tried it. But then, the author's preview of the book also crashed it for me, twice. It loaded on the third try. Anyway, the preview has a good sample of text, including some of the easier material to read, and a more difficult section at the end. That more difficult section is typical of the book, though there are also some other ones of the easier sort, including chapter 1 (the introduction). Chapter 2 should be fine if you've read a bit of archaeology, I think. Chapters 6 and 7 should be readable, if you know any anthropology at all. The heart of the book, chapters 3-5, will be very challenging, I think, to anyone but a kinship specialist (an expert in social anthropology). The main problem is that I am presenting my evidence and giving all the details of the reasoning that lead to my conclusions. This reasoning is complex and somewhat technical, and assumes a familiarity with the kinship literature.< Less
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- July 31, 2005
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.86 lbs.
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- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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