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, Noa; Rudge, Alice; Warren, 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-gatherer; Stereotype; Rewilding; Colonialism; Commodification; Nostalgia; Prehistory; Neolithic 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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