Ancient Maya Political Economies

Ancient Maya Political Economies

by Marilyn A. Masson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Ancient Maya Political Economies examines variation in systems of economic production and exchange and how these systems supported the power networks that integrated Maya society. Using models originally developed by William L. Rathje, the authors explore core-periphery relations, the use of household analysis to reconstruct political economy, and evidence for

See more details below

Overview

Ancient Maya Political Economies examines variation in systems of economic production and exchange and how these systems supported the power networks that integrated Maya society. Using models originally developed by William L. Rathje, the authors explore core-periphery relations, the use of household analysis to reconstruct political economy, and evidence for market development. In doing so, they challenge the conventional wisdom of decentralized Maya political authority and replace it with a more complex view of the political economic foundations of Maya civilization.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 59, 2003 - Jeremy A. Sabloff
This important volume examines the changing nature of pre-Columbian Maya political economies in different regions and time periods and at different scales...This book is a significant contribution to the archaeological literature. I believe that it should be a "must-read" volume for scholars of the ancient Maya and would be stimulating reading for any archaeologist interested in early political economies.
CHOICE - R. A. Joyce
These papers, originally presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in 2000, offer a unique overview of current research on the prehispanic Maya's political economy, defined by the editors as the "ways in which economic production and exchange are manipulated to support the power of a society's leaders." ... The reintroduction of economic issues is a welcome complement to recent studies of Maya political organization based primarily on texts and images. The contributions include important overviews of the organization of production and exchange of salt,ceramics, shell, cacao, and obsidian, including discussion of the development of currencies and markets. They span all periods from the preclassic through the early colonial and cover the Maya lowlands... several contributors (West, Foias, Dahlin and Ardren, and Hanson) offer highly readable papers that make important arguments sure to sustain debate for some time.
Booknews
In this volume, which is dedicated to William Rathje and indebted to his theories of material culture, 14 essays consider aspects of the political economies of the Maya in regions found in the Yucatan, Belize, and Guatemala. The papers range in scope from broad to specific with topics that include a new assessment of the role of luxury goods in the larger economic system, regional patterns of modes of exchange, and assessing the scale of Maya economies based on exchange between local, regional, and distant areas. The contributors teach anthropology and archaeology at universities in the US and the UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Choice
These papers, originally presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in 2000, offer a unique overview of current research on the prehispanic Maya's political economy, defined by the editors as the "ways in which economic production and exchange are manipulated to support the power of a society's leaders." ... The reintroduction of economic issues is a welcome complement to recent studies of Maya political organization based primarily on texts and images. The contributions include important overviews of the organization of production and exchange of salt,ceramics, shell, cacao, and obsidian, including discussion of the development of currencies and markets. They span all periods from the preclassic through the early colonial and cover the Maya lowlands... several contributors (West, Foias, Dahlin and Ardren, and Hanson) offer highly readable papers that make important arguments sure to sustain debate for some time.
— R. A. Joyce, University of California, Berkeley

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759100817
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.09(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >