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Technology as Human Social Tradition: Cultural Transmission among Hunter-Gatherers

Peter Jordan


This book outlines a new approach to studying variability and cumulative change in human technology, a definitive research theme spanning archaeology and anthropology. The central argument is that human material culture is best understood as an expression of social tradition, with each artifact the outcome of a distinctive operational sequence, and with specific choices made at each stage in its production. The main focus is on exploring how different traditions of material culture are propagated through social learning, the factors that promote coherent lineages of tradition to form, and the ... More

Keywords: technology, material culture, cultural transmission theory, innovation, cumulative culture, social learning, descent with modification, hunter-gatherers, cultural evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276925
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Jordan, author
University of Groningen