Violence And Warfare Among Hunter-gatherers

Hardcover | September 1, 2014

EditorMark W Allen, Terry L Jones

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How did warfare originate? Was it human genetics? Social competition? The rise of complexity? Intensive study of the long-term hunter-gatherer past brings us closer to an answer. The original chapters in this volume examine cultural areas on five continents where there is archaeological, ethnographic, and historical evidence for hunter-gatherer conflict despite high degrees of mobility, small populations, and relatively egalitarian social structures. Their controversial conclusions will elicit interest among anthropologists, archaeologists, and those in conflict studies.

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How did warfare originate? Was it human genetics? Social competition? The rise of complexity? Intensive study of the long-term hunter-gatherer past brings us closer to an answer. The original chapters in this volume examine cultural areas on five continents where there is archaeological, ethnographic, and historical evidence for hunter...

Mark W. Allen is Professor of Anthropology at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He has been studying the anthropology of warfare since 1988 when he began dissertation research on the prehistory of the New Zealand Maori. He has also studied prehistoric violence among hunter-gatherers in the Great Basin, California, the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:391 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:September 1, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Part One. A Neglected Anthropology: Hunter-Gatherer Violence and Warfare Chapter 1: Hunter-Gatherer Conflict: The Last Bastion of the Pacified Past? Mark W. Allen and Terry L. Jones Chapter 2: Forager Warfare and Our Evolutionary Past Steven A. LeBlanc Part Two. Violence and Warfare among Mobile Foragers Chapter 3: Violence and Warfare in the European Paleolithic and Mesolithic Elizabeth Hutton Estabrook Chapter 4: Wild-Type Colonizers and High Levels of Violence among Paleoamericans James C. Chatters Chapter 5: Foragers and War in Contact-Era New Guinea. Paul B. Roscoe Chapter 6: Scales of Warfare and Violence in Australia: Fighting Foragers and Collectors in Conflict. Mark W. Allen Chapter 7: Conflict and Territoriality in Aboriginal Australia. Colin Pardoe Chapter 8: Conflict and Interpersonal Violence in Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Populations from Southern South America. Florencia Gord¿n Chapter 9: Warfare and Expansion: An Ethnohistoric Perspective on the Numic Spread. (Reprint of article from 1986 published in Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology (8:65¿82). (Permission to reprint received) Mark Q. Sutton) Chapter 10: Large Game Exploitation at the Boundaries: Modeling and Measuring Competition and Conflict with Geochemistry R. Kelly Beck,, Frank E. Bayham, and Deana Grimstead Chapter 11: Wait & Parry: Archaeological Evidence for Hunter-Gatherer Defensive Behavior in the Interior Northwest Kenneth C. Reid Chapter 12: Violence and Warfare in the Arctic Christyann Darwent and John Darwent Chapter 13: ¿They had among them some wars and battles¿: Conflict, Clans, and the Baja California Peninsula. Matthew R. DesLauriers Part Three: Violence and Warfare among Semi-Sedentary Hunter-Gatherers Chapter 14: Middle and Late Archaic Trophy-Taking in Indiana Christopher W. Schmidt and Amber Osterhol Chapter 15: The Bioarchaeological Record of Blunt Force Cranial Trauma in Central California. Marin Pilloud, Al Schwitalla, Terry L. Jones, Brian Codding, and Randy Wiberg Chapter 16: Early Archaic Violence in western North America: The Bioarchaeological Record of Dismemberment, Human Bone Artifacts, and Trophy Skulls in Central California Al Schwitalla, Eric C. Strother, Marin Pilloud, Terry L. Jones, Brian Codding, and Randy Wiberg Chapter 17: Stable Isotope Perspectives on Hunter-Gatherer Violence: Who's Fighting Whom? Jelmer W. Eerkens, Eric Bartelink, Karen S. Gardner, and Traci Carlson Chapter 18: Violent Adaptations: Technology of Violence and Cultural Evolution along the Santa Barbara Channel. James M. Brill Chapter 19: Violence and Warfare on the Northwest Coast Jerome S. Cybulski Part Four: Synthesis and Conclusion Chapter 20: Putting a Pacified Past to Rest: Final Thoughts, Patricia Lambert About the Authors Index

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*Outstanding Academic Title of 2015* "In a formidable departure from the status quo, Allen and Jones are to be applauded for assembling these 2013 conference papers featuring cutting-edge scholarship by an impressive cadre of interdisciplinary scholars.  The volume's significance cannot be overstated, particularly given that contemporary culture wars (centered on the pacification of the human past) have had an inordinate impact on the study of indigenous conflict and its consequences.  The 19 chapters and 26 contributors in this veritable tour de force carry the day by way of their integration of state-of-the-art approaches for assessing ethnicity, sexual selection, carrying capacity, climate, demography, and the archaeological and forensic evidence required to effectively evaluate and/or validate evidence for the long chronology of warfare in hunter-gatherer populations. Summing Up: Essential. All academic levels/libraries." -R. G. Mendoza, California State University, Monterey Bay, CHOICE Review