Why Cultivate? Anthropological and Archaeological Approaches to Foraging-farming Transitions in Southeast Asia

Why Cultivate? Anthropological and Archaeological Approaches to Foraging-farming Transitions in Southeast Asia

Edited by Graeme Barker , Edited by Monica Janowski

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Does it make sense to understand the prehistory, history and present-day patterns of life in Southeast Asia in terms of a distinction between two ways of life: 'farming' and 'foraging'? This is the central question addressed by the anthropologists and archaeologists contributing to this volume. Inherent within the question 'Why Cultivate?' are people's relationships with the physical world: Are they primarily to do with subsistence and economics or with social and/or cultural forces? The answers given by the contributors are complex. On a practical level they argue that there is a continuum rather than a sharp break between different levels of management of the environment, but rice-growing usually represents a profound break in people's relations to their cultural and symbolic landscapes. An associated point made by the archaeologists is that the 'deep histories' of foraging-farming lifeways that are emerging in this region sit uncomfortably with the theory that foraging was replaced by farming in the mid Holocene as a result of a migration of Austronesian-speaking Neolithic farmers from southern China and Taiwan.

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  • Hardback | 142 pages
  • 218 x 280 x 16mm | 898.11g
  • 01 Mar 2012
  • McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • 34 col & 11 b/w illus, 8 tables
  • 1902937589
  • 9781902937588
  • 1,294,143

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