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Unit 10 Notes - Economic Systems

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Unit 10 Notes - Economic Systems ANTH 1000

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Date Created: 03/29/16
Unit 10 Notes – Economic Systems Adaptive Strategies -Interconnected systems for survival -Five primary strategies: 1. Foraging -Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) -Detailed collective knowledge of flora and fauna in their surroundings -Small communities (40-60 people) -Egalitarian Society (all have equal access to resources) -Elders respected based on knowledge -Divisions of labor based on gender 2. Horticulture -First cultivating economy -Naturally-occurring plants are relocated to a garden -Slash-and-burn technique to clear land -Population limited by available useable land -People own garden produce, not land itself -Villages consist of single kin group -Each household owns a garden and keeps the produce 3. Pastoralism -Livelihood based on tending livestock i. Secondary animal products -Diets supplemented with foraging -Herd animals provide subsistence and social status -Kinship determines access to land/ resources 4. Agriculture -Intensive form of cultivation -Use of domesticated plants -Use of technology -Modification of land (Terrace Farming) -Individual ownership of land -Large increase in number of people supported (depends on sophistication of technology used) 5. Industrialism -Economic emphasis on manufacturing -Individualism (labor role determined by function) -Globalization (import of raw material; wars erupt over scarce res ources) All economic systems are composed of three parts: 1. Production -Five types of production strategies: 1. Foraging 2. Horticulture 3. Pastoralism 4. Agriculture 5. Industrialization 2. Distribution -How goods are moved throughout the community -Reciprocity -The giving and taking without use of money -Foragers, horticulturalists and pastoralists -Generalized Reciprocity -Primary type among foragers -People give without expectation of return -requires high levels of trust and accountability -Balanced Reciprocity -Giving with expectation of return -Primary system among horticulturalists and pastoralists -Redistribution -Primary form of agricultural societies -Centralized authority accumulates goods from society members, redistributes them as it sees fit -Resources often used to improve community infrastructure -Market Exchange -Found in industrial societies -Exchange goods (including labor) for money -Value of a good is not fixed (determined by rules of supply and demand) 3. Consumption -How goods are used -Associated with systems of distribution -Regarded in terms of capital -Goods used to produce other goods -In agricultural and industrial societies, ruling class has primary access to goods -Consider: In USA 2008, wealthiest 10% of population owns 70% of country's cap ital -The poorest 40% owns only 0.5% of capital -Issues of differences in access directly related to poverty -Ideas of poverty and wealth are ethnocentric The Kula Ring of the Trobrianders -System of non-competitive, ceremonial exchange -Only men participate -Helps establish, reinforce alliances and trading relationships -Two things traded: -Red shelled necklace "Soulava" -White shelled armband "Mwali" -If you get a Soulava, you must give a Mwali in return, and vise versa.


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