Archaeological Perspectives on Political Economies

Archaeological Perspectives on Political Economies

by Gary M. Feinman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874807778

ISBN-13: 9780874807776

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: University of Utah Press

Twelve case studies, presented by Feinman and Nicholas (both of the Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum, Chicago), seek to reconstruct ancient political economies through the interpretation of the empirical archaeological materials and other sources. The papers are not unified in approach and, while not completely avoiding theory, avoid attempts to create a…  See more details below

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Twelve case studies, presented by Feinman and Nicholas (both of the Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum, Chicago), seek to reconstruct ancient political economies through the interpretation of the empirical archaeological materials and other sources. The papers are not unified in approach and, while not completely avoiding theory, avoid attempts to create a universal theory of economic change. Among the topics explored are the cultural and economic practices of the Mississippian Chiefdoms, the early southern Mesopotamian economy, Roman economies as a singular paradigm, labor obligations and luxury goods in ancient Maya societies, and a comparative look at the ancient political economies of West Africa. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874807776
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
439
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
1Archaeology and Political Economy: Setting the Stage1
2The Evolution of Chiefdoms: An Economic Anthropological Model7
3The Economy of the Moment: Cultural Practices and Mississippian Chiefdoms25
4Reflections on the Early Southern Mesopotamian Economy41
5Structural Parameters and Sociocultural Factors in the Economic Organization of North Mesopotamian Urbanism in the Third Millennium B.C.61
6Material Resources, Capital, and Power: The Coevolution of Society and Culture79
7Roman Economies: A Paradigm of Their Own105
8Early State Economic Systems in China129
9Appropriative Economies: Labor Obligations and Luxury Goods in Ancient Maya Societies145
10Unraveling the Prehispanic Highland Mesoamerican Economy: Production, Exchange, and Consumption in the Classic Period Valley of Oaxaca167
11Craft Economies of Ancient Andean States189
12Political Economy in the Historic Period Chiefdoms and States of Southeast Asia223
13Comparative Insights into the Ancient Political Economies of West Africa253
References271
Contributors338
Index339

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