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The Demographic Impact of the Agricultural System in Human History

Current Anthropology, vol.50 no.5, October 2009


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Resource IDbocquetappel2009
Resource titleThe Demographic Impact of the Agricultural System in Human History
Author(s)Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel
Publication/ sourceCurrent Anthropology, vol.50 no.5
Date publishedOctober 2009
Summary text/ abstractA demographic transition can be defined as a quantitative leap in the selfregulated flow of population inputs and outputs that is determined by a qualitative change in the causal mechanisms underlying the regulation. There follows a short reflection concerning both the link between demographic pressure and cultural change and the significance of the NDT from the perspective of human demographic history, continuing a discussion that initiated 50 years ago. We know that the shift from a foraging to a producer economy coincided with an unprecedented increase in the amount of archaeological data in the Levant and elsewhere in the world. This increase was interpreted for a long time in terms of demographic growth. But was this growth slow or rapid? Was it due to an increase in fertility and/or a reduction in mortality?
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Economics, Food & Agriculture, 'Limits to Growth', Neo-Luddism
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