Pathways to social inequality

Evolutionary Human Sciences Vol/Iss. 3(e35) Cambridge University Press Cambridge Published In Pages: 1-14
By Haynie, Hannah J., Kavanaugh, Patrick H., Jordan, Fiona M. , Ember, Carol R. , Gray, Russell D. , Greenhill, Simon J. , Kirby, Kathryn R. , Kushnick, Geoff , Low, Bobbi S., Tuff, Ty, Vilela, Bruno, Botero, Carlos A. , Gavin, Michael C.


Environmental conditions will be associated with the development of social inequality.


Three measures were used for environmental conditions, all of which had significant indirect effects on the development of social inequality: environmental productivity (indirect effect size=-0.028), predictable and seasonal environment (indirect effect size=-0.624), and slope and elevation (indirect effect size=0.105). The effect of the environmental variables was largely through their paths predicting large domesticated animals (slope and elevation positively, the others negatively).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Path diagramsSupportedp<0.05See noteUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Class DependentClasses
Environmental productivityIndependentClimate, Land Use
Predictable and SeasonalIndependentClimate, Annual Cycle
Slope and ElevationIndependentTopography And Geology