The marginal value of inequality

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Publication Type poster
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Research Institute University of Utah Archaeological Center
Creator Wilson, Kurt M.
Title The marginal value of inequality
Date 2018-02
Description The emergence of hereditary inequality is one of the most impactful events in the course of human history. However the ecological conditions and individual decisions fostering emergence remain poorly understood. Particularly lacking is examination of non-elite individual decisions. Behavioral ecological (BE) models enable the investigation of individual behaviors from an evolutionary perspective. Using a variant on the Marginal Value Theorem (MVT), I demonstrate how the presence of circumscription and environmental inequality creates conditions wherein an individual may find subservience to another the optimal option for their individual success. This initial model formulation addresses gaps in existing explanations for why an individual may be a non-elite and provides direction for future research linking ecological variation, individual decisions, and social justice.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Social Inequality; Marginal value theorem; Circumscription; Environmental inequality
Language eng
Conference Title Global Change & Sustainability Center Environment & Sustainability Research Symposium
Rights Management (c) Kurt Wilson
Format Medium application/pdf
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Setname ir_su
Date Created 2018-03-14
Date Modified 2019-06-03
ID 1306593
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6jh7ksn
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