Agro-Pastoralism and Regional Social Organisation in Early Ireland

  • D. Blair Gibson


That aspect which most distinctly sets humanity apart from other forms of life are the variegated forms which our social organization assumes. Our lives are shaped and played out within the roles which we inherit, transform, or create. The character of each individual society is most explicitly expressed in the configurations of its constituent institutions. Social evolution is in essence the progressive transformative structural changes which social organization undergoes; the dominant trend in human societies is for social structures to become more complex. The work of theorists such as Steward, Polanyi, Barth, and Sahlins has brought home the necessary causal connection between the nature of a society’s economic adaptation, the level of the development of political institutions within that society, and the nature of its institutions and instituted behavior. This study at the onset accepts a causal connection between environment, mode of adaptation, and the configurations of that society (see Gibson & Geselowitz, this Volume).


Grazing Land Primitive State Subsistence Economy Socia1 Organization Herd Management 
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  • D. Blair Gibson
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos Angeles, Los AngelesUSA

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