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Pigs for the Ancestors: Ritual in the Ecology of a New Guinea People

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This influential work is the most important and widely cited book ever published in ecological anthropology. It is a classic case study of human ecology in a tribal society, the role of culture (especially ritual) in local and regional resource management, negative feedback, and the application of systems theory to an anthropological population. It is considered a major wo ...more
Paperback, 501 pages
Published February 8th 2000 by Ingram (first published December 1st 1968)
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Ann
Oct 03, 2012 Ann rated it liked it
Materialist Frameworks: Cultural Ecology and Cultural Materialism
Pigs for the Ancestors by Roy Rappaport 1967, 1984
Cannibals and Kings by Marvin Harris 1977

Rounding out my recent readings on materialist frameworks within anthropological theory, these two books move past looking at cultural ecology as a type of evolutionism, and explore the concept in more of a deterministic framework. Building on Steward’s efforts to understand the interplay between culture, production processes, and environment
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Ethnography, now considered classic ethnography, but groundbreaking for its day
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I don't quite buy his argument, but the book's organization is interesting and informative.
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