14. Domestication Stories

In Intro to Anthro 2022 after discussing human expansions we read the second of three parts of chapter 6, from the subheading “The Transition to Food Production” (144) up until the subheading “Settlement and Technology” (153).

Please compare this account of domestication with the “Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race” by Jared Diamond. Of course, we should keep in mind that Diamond’s article is from 1987 and is meant to be polemical. That is, it is attempting to dislodge some of the customary stereotypes about agriculture.

We keep talking about these issues in the next class, Domesticating Experiments.