Delayed Reciprocity and Tolerated Theft: The Behavioral Ecology of Food-Sharing Strategies

  title={Delayed Reciprocity and Tolerated Theft: The Behavioral Ecology of Food-Sharing Strategies},
  author={Douglas W. Bird},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={49 - 78}
  • D. Bird
  • Published 1 February 1997
  • Sociology
  • Current Anthropology
Models derived from behavioral ecology may have the potential to explain a great deal of variability in food-sharing patterns within and between human societies. We use quantitative observational data on the sharing of large animal prey among the Meriam of the Torres Strait to test specific predictions of reciprocity-based and tolerated-theft sharing models, evaluating the extent to which such models can account for the way in which prey is distributed after acquisition. We also evaluate the… Expand
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