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Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Nurit Bird-David


Anthropologists have long looked to animistic forager-cultivator cultures for insights into the spectrum of human lifeways. Yet they have largely failed to appreciate indigenous horizons of concern and, in cross-cultural comparisons, to factor in enormous disparities in population size between these cultures and others. Us, Relatives examines how scalar blindness has limited our understanding of key issues in forager studies and distorted the insights these societies offer us. In particular, the book argues that contemporary anthropology’s scale-blind multicultural ethos unleashes the power of ... More

Keywords: Scale blindness, South Asian foragers, plural life, multiscalar comparison, scaling, animism, kinship, identity, indigenous, hunter-gatherers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293403
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nurit Bird-David, author
University of Haifa