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Economic Systems of Foraging, Agricultural, and Industrial Societies


  • 2 b/w illus. 23 tables
  • Page extent: 332 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.455 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521613477 | ISBN-10: 0521613477)

Drawing upon the disciplines of economics, anthropology, statistics, and history, and employing a new and unified analytic approach, Frederic L. Pryor reformulates in this book the entire field of comparative economic systems. He examines large samples of foraging (hunting, gathering and fishing), agricultural, and industrial economies to explore four key questions: What are the distinct economic systems found in each group? Why do certain societies or nations have one economic system rather than another? What impact do economic systems have on the performance of the economy? How do these economic systems develop and change? The results provide a context that allows us to move beyond the chaos of case studies and ideological assertions to gain an overview of the development of economic systems over the millennia. It also raises a series of new analytic and empirical issues that have not hitherto been systematically explored.

• Celebrated author offers new perspective on comparative economic systems, from simple societies to industrialized states • May be used as supplementary text in courses in economics, anthropology, sociology, and area studies • Examines large data sets but in a comprehensible fashion without using mathematics


Part I. Orientation: 1. Introduction; Part II. Foraging Societies: 2. Economic systems of foragers; 3. From foraging to farming; Part III. Agricultural Societies: 4. Economic systems of agriculturalists; 5. From agriculture to industry; Part IV. Industrial/Service Societies: 6. Advanced market economic systems; 7. Systemic changes in advanced market systems; 8. Marxist economic systems; Part V. Final Words: 9. Conclusions and an agenda for future research.


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