The importance of agriculture from the perspective of neoevolutionary theory

Rural Sociology Vol/Iss. 37 Published In Pages: 167-188
By Sheils, Howard Dean


This article posits a theory of social evolution based on agriculture. The author suggests that a society’s energy source, type of tool materials, and systems of agriculture constitute a variable cluster, and that they are associated with societal scale, economic differentiation, and mode of political integration. Empirical analysis supports this neoevolutionary theory of agriculture.

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