Fish, game, and the foundations of complexity in forager society: the evidence from new guinea

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 40 Published In Pages: 29-46
By Roscoe, Paul


Focusing on cultures of New Guinea, this article tests the relationship between subsistence type and various indicators of cultural complexity: population density, settlement size, and residential permanency. Subsistence type is examined through dependence on aquatic resources--specifically, the consumption of aquatic fauna. Relevance of social and political history of the region is also examined.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
OtherResearchers OwnEthnographic cases were all from New Guinea.

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