Information and its Role in Hunter-Gatherer Bands explores the question of how information, broadly conceived, is acquired, stored, circulated, and utilized in small-scale hunter-gatherer societies, or bands. Given the nature of this question, the volume brings together a group of scholars from multiple disciplines, including archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, and evolutionary ecology. Each of these specialties deals with the question of information in different ways and with different sets of data given different primacy. The fundamental goal of the volume is to bridge disciplines and subdisciplines, open discussion, and see if some common ground-either theoretical perspectives, general principles, or methodologies-can be developed upon which to build future research on the role of information in hunter-gatherer bands.
Volume 5 in the Ideas, Debates and Perspectives series.
Robert Whallon is Curator of European Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology and professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Michigan. William A. Lovis is professor of anthropology and Curator of Anthropology at the Michigan State University Museum. Robert K. Hitchcock is professor of geography and adjunct professor of anthropology at Michigan State University.