Conclusion A Family Level Society

Allen Johnson

in Families of the Forest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232419
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936294 | DOI:
Conclusion A Family Level Society

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This chapter summarizes the findings and restates the case for the Matsigenka Indians as a family level society. It explains that family level societies similar in their general characteristics to the Matsigenka are a basic form of human society and they were the predominant form of human society for much of prehistory. It clarifies that the Matsigenka live in an extraordinarily complex, culturally constructed world that differs from tribal societies primarily in the flexibility allowed within its social structure and cultural beliefs for family autonomy in response to changing opportunities.

Keywords: Matsigenka Indians; family level society; human society; prehistory; tribal societies; social structure; cultural beliefs

Chapter.  2545 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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