|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Jul 2018|
Hunter‐gatherers are those people who live by hunting animals, gathering wild plants, and fishing alone. They have no agriculture and therefore no experience of the domestication of crops or of animals. In recent years, though, this conventional understanding of hunter‐gatherer subsistence has been relaxed, and some whose ancestors had in the past been pure hunter‐gatherers are now thought of as maintaining a hunter‐gatherer ethos if not a mode of subsistence assuming hunting and gathering alone. Synonyms include gatherer‐hunters, foragers, and (those who live in) band societies.
- band society