Hunter-gatherer economic complexity and “population pressure”: A cross-cultural analysis

Journal of Anthropological Archaeology Vol/Iss. 7(4) Academic Press Published In Pages: 373-411
By Keeley, Lawrence H.


This study examines the relationship between population pressure and socioeconomic complexity in a cross-cultural sample of hunter-gatherer groups. The author suggests a causal component to the positive correlations found, arguing that increasing population pressure on food resources requires increasing storage dependence, which in turn drives sedentism and other indicators of socioeconomic complexity.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Researcher's own
Atlas of World CulturesResearcher's own

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