2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Subsistence Risk Management Variation in Indigenous North America
Tyler Retherford
Amber Johnson , Faculty Mentor

Risk management in subsistence strategies is an area still little understood. There are many studies on the way in which particular peoples manage risk, but the issue of why people adopt different forms of risk management strategies has not received adequate attention. This paper uses ethnographic data from North America to discern what factors explain the variation in risk management. The primary focus of this study is on the connection between environmental conditions and three types of risk management, storage, wealth, and reciprocity, in order to create the basis for a model of risk management.

Keywords: subsistence, risk, social structure, food production

Topic(s):Anthropology
Sociology/Anthropology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 9-1
Location: VH 1228
Time: 8:00

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