Technology as human social tradition : cultural transmission among hunter-gatherers /

"This book examines three interlocking topics that are central to all archaeological and anthropological inquiry: the role of technology in human existence; the reproduction of social traditions; the factors that generate cultural diversity and change. The overall aim is to outline a new kind o...

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Author / Creator:Jordan, Peter, 1969- author.
Imprint:Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
Description:1 online resource (xi, 412 pages) : illustrations
Language:English
Series:Origins of human behavior and culture ; 7
Origins of human behavior and culture ; 7.
Subject:Technology and civilization.
Hunting and gathering societies.
Technological complexity.
Prehistoric peoples -- Material culture.
Social evolution.
Social learning.
Intercultural communication.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
Hunting and gathering societies.
Intercultural communication.
Social evolution.
Social learning.
Technological complexity.
Technology and civilization.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
History.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11238972
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ISBN:9780520958333
0520958330
9781322115740
1322115745
9780520276925
9780520276932
0520276922
0520276930
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Print version record.
Summary:"This book examines three interlocking topics that are central to all archaeological and anthropological inquiry: the role of technology in human existence; the reproduction of social traditions; the factors that generate cultural diversity and change. The overall aim is to outline a new kind of approach for researching variability and transformation in human material culture, and the main argument is that these technological traditions exhibit heritable continuity: they consist of information stored in human brains and then passed onto others through social learning. Technological traditions can therefore be understood as manifestations of a complex transmission system, and applying this new perspective to human material culture builds on, but also largely transcends, much of the earlier work conducted by archaeologists and anthropologists into the significance, function and social meanings associated with tools, objects and vernacular architecture"--
Other form:Print version: Jordan, Peter, 1969- Technology as human social tradition. 9780520276925 0520276922