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By Marshall Sahlins

Stone Age Economics is a vintage examine of anthropological economics, first released in 1974. As Marshall Sahlins stated within the first variation, "It has been encouraged through the potential for 'anthropological economics,' a viewpoint indebted fairly to the character of the primitive economies than to the kinds of a bourgeois science." Ambitiously tackling the character of monetary existence and the way to review it relatively, the booklet contains six stories which replicate the author's rules on revising conventional perspectives of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to be the unique prosperous society. The booklet examines notions of creation, distribution and alternate in early groups and examines the hyperlink among economics and cultural and social components. It comprises a suite of distinct and heavily similar stories of tribal economies, of family construction for livelihood, and of the submission of family creation to the fabric and political calls for of society at large.

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37; Radcliffe-Brown, 1948, p. 43; Spencer, 1959, pp. 155, 196, 251; Lothrop, 1928, p. 71; Steward, 1938, p. 44. If there is not specialization, at any rate it is clearly for lack of a "market," not for lack of time. The Original Affluent Society 29 our problems are not theirs, the hunters and gatherers. Rather, a pristine affluence colors their economic arrangements, a trust in the abundance of nature's resources rather than despair at the inadequacy of human means. u Consider the hunter's chronic movements from camp to camp.

2. 3 4 5 6 7 DAY Hours per Day in Food-Connected Activities: Hemple Bay Group (McCarthy and McArthur, 1960) The Original Affluent Society 17 One must have serious reservations about drawing general or historical inferences from the Arnhem Land data alone. Not only was the context less than pristine and the time of study too brief, but certain elements of the modern situation may have raised productivity above aboriginal levels: metal tools, for example, or the reduction of local pressure on food resources by depopulation.

An intensive study was made ofthe subsistence production of a dry season camp with a population (41 people) near the mean of such settlements. The observations extended over four weeks during July and August 1964, a period of transition from more to less favorable seasons of the year, hence fairly representative, it seems, of average subsistence difficulties. " Food resources were "both varied and abundant," particularly the energy-rich mangetti nut-"so abundant that millions ofthe nuts rotted on the ground each year for want of picking" ( all references in Lee, 1969, p.

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