Rewild your inner hunter-gatherer: how an idea about our ancestral condition is recruited into popular debate in Britain and Ireland

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Title: Rewild your inner hunter-gatherer: how an idea about our ancestral condition is recruited into popular debate in Britain and Ireland
Authors: Lavi, NoaRudge, AliceWarren, Graeme
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12796
Date: 1-Nov-2023
Online since: 2022-04-11T16:25:29Z
Abstract: We examine how hunter-gatherers are imagined in popular debate in Britain and Ireland, demonstrating that aspects of hunter-gatherer lifestyles are presented as both the antithesis and antidote to perceived crises in contemporary society. We apply an anthropological lens to four areas of popular discourse: physical health, mental health, bush-craft and survivalism. We identify how the imagined hunter-gatherer in these debates is constructed through processes of commodification, which often reveal nostalgic colonial values regarding ‘human nature’. This repeats and sustains damaging perceptions of hunter-gatherer lifeways. It also highlights how archaeological, anthropological and other academic research on hunter-gatherers is manifest in popular debates that reinforce assumptions about human nature and the significance of our evolutionary past within a neoliberal, colonialist context.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Journal: Current Anthropology
Keywords: Hunter-gathererStereotypeRewildingColonialismCommodificationNostalgiaPrehistoryNeolithic Revolution
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0011-3204
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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