Men's time allocation to subsistence work among the Ache of Eastern Paraguay

Kim Hill, Hillard Kaplan, Kristen Hawkes, Ana Magdelena Hurtado

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Abstract

Quantitative data on men's time allocation among the Ache of Paraguay are presented. The data indicate that Ache men work almost 7 hours daily in direct food acquisition, which is the major daily activity. The amount of time Ache men work is compared with the amount reported for other modern hunter-gatherers and tribal horticulturalists. The characterization of hunter-gatherers as the "original affluent society" does not agree with currently available data. The results show high variance across societies, both hunting and horticultural, and suggest that time spent in subsistence work is not simply a function of food "needs." We propose that the value of time spent in potential alternative activities must be considered in order to predict time spent in subsistence tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Ecology
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • hunter-gatherers
  • men
  • subsistence
  • time allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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