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Orderly Anarchy: Sociopolitical Evolution in Aboriginal California: Book by Robert L. Bettinger

Orderly Anarchy: Sociopolitical Evolution in Aboriginal California

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ISBN: 9780520283336    Publisher: University of California Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 312        Language: English
Orderly Anarchy delivers a provocative and innovative reexamination of the trajectory of sociopolitical evolution among Native American groups in California, explaining the region's prehistorically rich...Read more
Orderly Anarchy delivers a provocative and innovative reexamination of the trajectory of sociopolitical evolution among Native American groups in California, explaining the region's prehistorically rich diversity of languages, populations, and environmental adaptations. Ethnographic and archaeological data and evolutionary, economic, and anthropological theory are often presented to explain the evolution of increasing social complexity and inequality. In Bettinger's account, these same data and theories are employed to argue for an evolving pattern of "orderly anarchy," which featured small, inward-looking groups that, having devised a diverse range of ingenious solutions to the many environmental, technological, and social obstacles to resource intensification, were crowded onto what they had turned into the most densely populated landscape in aboriginal North America.
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About the author: Robert L. Bettinger
Robert L. Bettinger, a Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis, is an authority on ethnographic and archaeological hunter-gatherers and the modeling of their... Read more
Robert L. Bettinger, a Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis, is an authority on ethnographic and archaeological hunter-gatherers and the modeling of their behavior. He is also the recipient of the Society for American Archaeology Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis and the Society for California Archaeology M. A. Baumhoff Special Achievement Award. He is the author of Hunter-Gatherers: Archaeological and Evolutionary Theory (1991), Hunter-Gatherer Foraging: Five Simple Models (2009), and many peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles.
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Extraordinary and orginial ... A terrific book!" -- W. S. Simmons CHOICE

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