The foundations of inequality within a simulated Shan community

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A computer simulation based on household economic data from a Shan peasant community is constructed to examine the interrelationships among subsistence farming, demographic developmental cycles, and household decision making. The results include the identification of marked asymmetries between households that occasionally surface within the simulated community over time. These simulated patterns provide the basis for inferring that social inequality can emerge over time within subsistence economies under similar social conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-236
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Anthropological Archaeology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology

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