Re: Is Sahlins Still Relevant?

ray scupin (scupin@LC.LINDENWOOD.EDU)
Wed, 31 May 1995 16:28:40 -0500

Hi Larry:

I don't think that there is a Sahlin's school as such, but he has
had an enormous influence on a number of anthropologists, especially
those who are interpretive anthropologists. However, for a rebuttal of
his "Original Affluent Model" proposed in _Stone Age Economics_ see
Melvin Konner's _The Tangled Wing_. Konner did research on the San, the
hunter-gatherers that provide most of the data for the "Original
Affluent Society" model, and comes to a much different conclusion than
does Sahlins.


Ray Scupin

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