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resource stress model


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A model of hunter‐gatherer behaviour explained by Canadian archaeologist Brian Hayden in which the biggest determinant of social change is the modification of behaviour patterns to overcome stress caused by food shortages or other related phenomena. Thus, although hunter‐gatherer communities would normally cope with resource stress by deploying little‐used techniques, on occasion they develop wholly new and more efficient ways of obtaining food.

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