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The goal of middle-range theory is not to explain human behaviour but to infer it from material remains recovered from archaeological contexts.
It is widely assumed that practical reason, and hence middle-range theory, applies only to aspects of human behaviour that are governed by considerations of scarcity, and hence to more practical aspects of human behaviour.
The study of these correlations requires a different kind of middle-range theory and different bridging arguments.
Philip Arnold's book is explicitly within the traditional framework of middle-range theory.