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The Hadza

Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture #3)

Frank Marlowe


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In The Hadza, Frank Marlowe provides a quantitative ethnography of one of the last remaining societies of hunter-gatherers in the world. The Hadza, who inhabit an area of East Africa near the Serengeti and Olduvai Gorge, have long drawn the attention of anthropologists and archaeologists for maintaining a foraging lifestyle in a region that is key to understanding human origins. Marlowe ably applies his years of research with the Hadza to cover the traditional topics in ethnography—subsistence, material culture, religion, and social structure. But the book’s unique contribution is to introduce readers to the more contemporary field of behavioral ecology, which attempts to understand human behavior from an evolutionary perspective. To that end, The Hadza also articulates the necessary background for readers whose exposure to human evolutionary theory is minimal.

Praise For The Hadza: Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture #3)

“This quantitative ethnography . . . introduces readers to the contemporary field of understanding human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.”
— Times Higher Ed Supp (Thes)

“Riveting. . . . It is the most important single source of information about the Hadza, and it is superb, combining many of the virtues of classical ethnography with rigorous quantitative description and experimental hypothesis testing. ”
— Melvin Konner

— Choice

University of California Press, 9780520253414, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 2010

About the Author

Frank Marlowe is Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University.