Ch 14: Societies

About This Chapter

Review the traits of different types of societies. Study pastoral, foraging, horticultural and other societies with our brief and entertaining videos and self-assessment quizzes.

Societies - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's instructional videos to learn about the characteristics, history and structure of multiple types of societies. Discover how people who live in different societies are motivated to distribute or exchange goods and the ways that human behavior systems are organized. These lessons are designed to teach you about the following topics:

  • Foraging societies
  • Horticultural societies
  • Agricultural societies
  • Pastoral societies
  • Production within societies
  • Motivation within societies

The lessons in this chapter contain illustrated video lessons and transcripts that highlight key concepts to help you learn about the similarities and differences between societies. You can also use the multiple-choice quizzes to track your course progress and test what you have learned.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: Societies
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Social and Cultural Traits of Foraging Societies

1. Social and Cultural Traits of Foraging Societies

This lesson will explain foraging societies. It will focus on their small communities, their nomadic lifestyles, and their relative lack of political structure and social stratification.

What Are Horticultural Societies? - Traits and Examples

2. What Are Horticultural Societies? - Traits and Examples

This lesson will seek to explain what horticulture is and different types of horticultural societies. In doing so, it will highlight the Yanomami society of the Amazon and the Samoans of the South Pacific.

Agricultural Societies: Definition, History & Distinguishing Features

3. Agricultural Societies: Definition, History & Distinguishing Features

This lesson will seek to define intensive agriculture. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of subsistence versus commercialization. It will also define cash crops and agribusinesses.

Understanding Pastoral Societies

4. Understanding Pastoral Societies

This lesson will seek to explain the cultural traits of pastoral societies. In doing so, it will also explain the difference between an intensive and an extensive pastoral system.

How Societies Organize Their Production

5. How Societies Organize Their Production

This lesson will seek to explain the different ways in which societies organize their production. In doing so, it will define domestic, tributary, and capitalist production, as well as postindustrialism.

The Motivation to Produce, Distribute & Consume within Society

6. The Motivation to Produce, Distribute & Consume within Society

This lesson will seek to explain the motivation for differing economies across the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of subsistence, profit motive, and cash crops.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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