6. The Social Dynamics of Aggregation and Dispersal in the Western Desert

  1. Jo McDonald1 and
  2. Peter Veth2
  1. Jo McDonald1 and
  2. Peter Veth2

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch6

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

McDonald, J. and Veth, P. (2012) The Social Dynamics of Aggregation and Dispersal in the Western Desert, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Western Australia, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Western Australia, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334241

Online ISBN: 9781118253892

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Keywords:

  • the social dynamics, of aggregation and dispersal in the Western Desert;
  • Australian arid zone, extensive dune fields, gibber and sand plains;
  • linguistic stratigraphy, Holocene population change/movement;
  • notions of style as a social strategy, groups over resources;
  • information-exchange theory, and competition between groups;
  • Western Desert rock art province, the Jilakurru Ranges and the Martu;
  • social groupings, more complex in the vicinity of water permanency;
  • archaeological implications, testing aggregation behavior and rock art

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Style as Social Strategy

  • Western Desert Aggregation and Dispersion Patterns

  • Why did Western Desert People Produce Rock Art?

  • Archaeological Test Implications

  • Conclusions

  • References