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Property relations, production relations, and inequality: anthropology, political economy, and the Blackfeet

American ethnologist20 (2) • Published In 1993 • Pages: 336-362

By: Nugent, David.

Abstract
In this article the concept of 'property relations' is advanced to explain the emergence of inequality from egalitarian social relations among the Blackfoot Indians of the northern plains of Canada and the United States during the period of 1730-1830. In his analysis of this concept Nugent delves into various aspects of Blackfoot political economy, property rights, culture history, gender relations, and the manner in which inequality is expressed in the society. The document also emphasizes the high significance placed on the ownership of horses in the society, especially as symbols of wealth and status.
Subjects
Hunting and trapping
Domesticated animals
Gift giving
Division of labor by gender
Accumulation of wealth
Age stratification
Polygamy
culture
Blackfoot
HRAF PubDate
1999
Region
North America
Sub Region
Plains and Plateau
Document Type
article
Evaluation
Ethnologist-4
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1997
Coverage Date
1730-1830
Coverage Place
northern Plains region, United States
Notes
David Nugent
Includes bibliographical references (P. 356-362)
LCCN
74644326
LCSH
Siksika Indians