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Hunters, Pastoralists and Ranchers
Reindeer Economies and their Transformations

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521358873

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  • Throughout the northern circumpolar tundras and forests, and over many millennia, human populations have based their livelihood wholly or in part upon the exploitation of a single animal species–the reindeer. Yet some are hunters, others pastoralists, while today traditional pastoral economies are being replaced by a commercially oriented ranch industry. In this book, drawing on ethnographic material from North America and Eurasia, Tim Ingold explains the causes and mechanisms of transformations between hunting, pastoralism and ranching, each based on the same animal in the same environment, and each viewed in terms of a particular conjunction of social and ecological relations of production. In developing a workable synthesis between ecological and economic approaches in anthropology, Ingold introduces theoretically rigorous concepts for the analysis of specialized animal-based economies, which cast the problem of 'domestication' in an entirely new light.

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    • Date Published: April 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521358873
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Preface
    Prologue: on reindeer and men
    1. Predation and protection
    2. Taming, herding and breeding
    3. Modes of production (1): hunting to pastoralism
    4. Modes of production (2): pastoralism to ranching
    Epilogue: on band organization, leadership and ideology
    Appendix: the names and locations of circumboreal peoples
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Author index
    Subject index.

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    Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen

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