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Economic Systems of Foraging, Agricultural, and Industrial Societies


  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521613477


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  • Drawing from economics, anthropology, statistics, and history to examine large samples of foraging (hunting, gathering and fishing), agricultural and industrial societies, Frederic L. Pryor isolates their economic systems. He explores why certain societies or nations have one system rather than another, examines the impact of these economic systems on the societies' welfare and studies their development and changes. The book presents a broad framework for understanding economic systems and provides considerable evidence on both preindustrial and industrial systems.

    • 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
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    "Economic Systems is a grand undertaking."
    Timothy Earle, Northwestern University, Journal of Anthropological Research

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521613477
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.455kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Frederic L. Pryor, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania

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