Hunter-gatherers in a Changing World

  • Victoria Reyes-García
  • Aili Pyhälä

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. The Historical Legacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sabira Ståhlberg, Ingvar Svanberg
      Pages 21-37
  3. Environmental Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Maximilien Guèze, Lucentezza Napitupulu
      Pages 41-58
    3. Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Isabel Díaz-Reviriego, Victoria Reyes-García
      Pages 77-90
  4. Changes in the World Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Karen L. Kramer, Russell D. Greaves
      Pages 109-126
    3. Lucentezza Napitupulu, Maximilien Guèze, Victoria Reyes-García
      Pages 127-147
  5. Globalization and Cultural Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Courtney L. Meehan, Edward H. Hagen, Barry S. Hewlett
      Pages 213-231
    3. Petra Benyei, Nerea Turreira-Garcia, Martí Orta-Martínez, Mar Cartró-Sabaté
      Pages 233-250
  6. Victoria Reyes-García, Aili Pyhälä
    Pages E1-E2
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-257

About this book


This book compiles a collection of case studies analysing drivers of and responses to change amongst contemporary hunter-gatherers. Contemporary hunter-gatherers’ livelihoods are examined from perspectives ranging from historical legacy to environmental change, and from changes in national economic, political and legal systems to more broad-scale and universal notions of globalization and acculturation. 

Far from the commonly held romantic view that hunter-gatherers continue to exist as isolated populations living a traditional lifestyle in harmony with the environment, contemporary hunter-gatherers – like many rural communities around the world - face a number of relatively new ecological and social challenges to which they are pressed to adapt. Contemporary hunter-gatherer societies are increasingly and rapidly being affected by Global Changes, related both to biophysical Earth systems (i.e., changes in climate, biodiversity and natural resources, and water availability), and to social systems (i.e. demographic transitions, sedentarisation, integration into the market economy, and all the socio-cultural change that these and other factors trigger).


Adaption Global Environmental Change Globalization Indigenous Peoples Socio-ecological Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Victoria Reyes-García
    • 1
  • Aili Pyhälä
    • 2
  1. 1.Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia AmbientalsUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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