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Risk and Economic Reciprocity: An Analysis of Three Regional Aboriginal Food-Sharing Systems in Late Holocene Australia
No. 58 (Jun., 2004), pp. 7-10
Published by: Australian Archaeological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40287729
Page Count: 4
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This paper is a theoretical examination of food-sharing systems and archaeological theory. The specific aim is to assess the archaeological indicators of three different foodsharing systems, with the variable relationships between riskmanagement, social regionalisation, economic reciprocity and exchange. It is suggested that the Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) festivities in the southern highlands of New South Wales, the Bunya nut (Araucaria bidwillii) gatherings in southeast Queensland and the seasonal food-sharing along the riverine corridors of the Lake Eyre Basin form a continuum between positive and negative reciprocity.
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