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Economic Systems Cultural Anthropology 130

by: Melodi Harfouche

Economic Systems Cultural Anthropology 130 Anthropology 130

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These notes cover economic systems in Cultural Anthropology for our next exam. They are notes off of her powerpoint and my own words.
Cultural Anthropology
De Pendry
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Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology, economy, Economic Systems
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Economic Systems Production, Distribution, and Exchange Foraging or Hunting and Gathering  Small bands o The bands can change depending on the season  Dry season v. cold season   In better climate conditions the groups get larger  Mobile  o Heavily kinship based  Divisions of labor and prestige based on gender and age o A lot of people know how to do virtually every task, but there still are some  divisions of labor  Relatively egalitarian in terms of distribution of resources o Share your food w/the entire group and they will share with you  Foraging  Until 10,000 years ago, people were foragers o Before they started domesticating plants and animals  Animal domestication and plant cultivation  All modern foragers live in nation­states, interact with food­producing neighbors and  others o This already started happening historically  Foragers of Today  Arctic (Alaska, Canada, Siberia)  Africa and Madagascar  Islands near India  Southeast Asia   Malaysia, Philippines  Australia  South America, particularly Amazon River Basin Horticulture  Plant cultivation  Non­intensive use of:  o Land  o Labor  o Capitol o Tools or Machinery  Shifting cultivation  Slash and burn cultivation o Slash out underbrush, burn it, and the ash from that serves as fertilizer  Leaving fields fallow o Don’t plan anything on it  o Let natural plants grow on it  o Leave area not in use for ~15 years and move to a new plot  Hoes, digging sticks Horticulturalists  Fields not permanent property  Villages (with “headmen”)  Villages sometimes move Agriculture  More labor intensive  Uses land intensively, continuously  Techniques and tools include:  o Domesticated animals  o Plows, harrows, carts, etc.  o Irrigation o Terracing  Greater yields per acre, dependable Agriculturalists  Can support larger populations  Villages and property more permanent  Crop specialization  Environmental effects (waste, diseases)  Deforestation  Governments to administer land and resources (e.g., water) Pastoralism  Cattle, sheep, goats, camels, yak, reindeer, llamas, and alapacas  North Africa, Middle East, Europe (Alps, Nordic countries), Asia, Sub­Saharan Africa,  Andes in South America  Nomadism: entire group moves o Requires political organization o Middle East and North Africa  Transhumance: part of the group moves, while rest stay in home village o European Alps and Turkana of Uganda Industrialized Agriculture  Greater mechanization  Use of fertilizers and pesticides  o Expensive, have to have a major capitol investment  Seed hybridization o had to hybridize cotton to make it white   standardization of crops  animals raised in large groups   special feeds and feeding pens   mass slaughtering techniques Industrial Economies  Increasingly industrialized agriculture: pushes people off land   Industrialization of the production of foods, clothing, and household goods  Production less kin based (consequence)  Workers sell labor for cash  Alienation: workers only involved in part of the production process, hence typically feel  less pride or personal identification with final products. Consumers also do not associate  products with the people who produced them Mode of Production  Set of social relations through which labor is deployed to wrest energy from nature, by  means of tools, skills, organization, and knowledge (Eric Wolf 1982) o Kin based  o Foraging, horticulture, etc.  o Feudalism, capitalism, communism Means of Production  Land   Labor  Technology o Tools o Knowledge  Trend has been towards increasing specialization Distribution and Exchange  Market principle o Items bought and sold with an eye to maximizing profit  Redistribution  Reciprocity  The Kula Ring Argonauts of the Western Pacific by Bronislaw Malinowski (1922) Triobriand Islands  Trobriand Exchange Women of Value, Men of Renown: New Perspectives in Trobriand Exchange by Annette Weiner (1976)


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