Alternative aboriginal economies: Martu livelihoods in the 21st century

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Publication Type book chapter
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Creator Codding, Brian
Other Author Bird, Rebecca Bliege; Bird, Douglas W.; Zeanah, David W.
Title Alternative aboriginal economies: Martu livelihoods in the 21st century
Date 2015
Description In the western deserts of Australia, hunting and gathering endures as an important social and economic activity. That foraging persists within the boundaries of developed industrialized nation states may come as a surprise to those who evaluate foraging as less profitable than agricultural, wage or market alternatives (or to those who see it as a somehow inferior economic mode, e.g., Morgan 1877). However, the tendency to dismiss foraging as a less viable mode of production may be an error given the evidence that foraging can sometimes be the best option within constraints (e.g., Tucker et al 2010, Kramer and Greaves, chapter 2, this volume). If this is the case in Australia, then the maintenance of foraging into the twenty-first century may be as much an economic decision as one aimed at maintaining social relations, identity and connections to traditional lands and practices.
Type Text
Publisher School of Advanced Research (SAR)
Subject Aboriginal economics; Aboriginal foraging
Language eng
Inbook Title Why forage? Hunters and gatherers in the 21st century
Bibliographic Citation Codding, Brian, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Douglas W. Bird and David W. Zeanah (2015): Alternative Aboriginal Economies: Martu Livelihoods in the 21st Century
Rights Management Why Forage? Hunters and Gatherers in the 21st Century, edited by Brian F. Codding and Karen L. Kramer. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Date Created 2015-03-26
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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