Re: URGENT: Sub-arctic cultures

Matthew James Boyd (
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 23:16:13 -0600

On 17 Sep 1995, jeanmarc wrote:

> What is the validity,if any,of ecological explanations for contemporary
> sub-arctic cultures ?
I'm sorry, but I don't quite understand your question. No theoretical
paradigm can ever claim to fully explain the nature and complexity of a
given sociocultural system. "Ecological" schools-- e.g. Marvin Harris'
"Cultural Ecology"-- *typically* examine the sphere of
techno-environmental variables in an effort to define cross-cultural
generalizations on the subject.

Perhaps if you were to clarify your question, I (and others) might be
able to help you.

Matthew Boyd
Dept. of Archaeology
University of Calgary