The Flow of Power: Ancient Water Systems and Landscapes / Edition 1

The Flow of Power: Ancient Water Systems and Landscapes / Edition 1

by Vernon L. Scarborough
     
 

ISBN-10: 1930618328

ISBN-13: 9781930618329

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

A major contribution to one of the central themes in social theory, this book integrates multiple case studies of the relationship between water control and social organization. Substantial in empirical detail and featuring powerful theoretical extensions, Scarborough's analysis encompasses early Harappan society in South Asia, highland Mexico, the Maya lowlands,

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A major contribution to one of the central themes in social theory, this book integrates multiple case studies of the relationship between water control and social organization. Substantial in empirical detail and featuring powerful theoretical extensions, Scarborough's analysis encompasses early Harappan society in South Asia, highland Mexico, the Maya lowlands, north-central Sri Lanka, the prehistoric American Southwest, and Bronze Age Greece. This book is the first longitudinal study to consider water management worldwide since Karl Wittfogel put forth his "hydraulic societies" hypothesis nearly two generations ago, and it draws together the diverse debates that seminal work inspired. In so doing, Scarborough offers new models for cross-cultural analysis and prepares the ground for new examinations of power, centralization, and the economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930618329
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
A School for Advanced Research Resident Scholar Book
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,181,382
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Water, the Fundamental Resource1
The Importance of Studying Water Management2
The Study of Ancient Water Management4
2The Organizing Concepts of Water Work9
Heterarchy versus Hierarchy11
Accretional versus Expansionist Development13
Economic Logics13
3Contemporary Thought and Recent Intellectual History17
The Balinese Problem19
Struggles for Terminological Rigor26
Initial Conditions and Common Property30
The Process of Economic Change33
Rates, Process, and Economy38
4Engineering the Landscape for Water Management39
Characteristics of Water39
Climate and Geomorphology40
Landscape Alterations43
5Nonagricultural Aspects of Water Management79
Transportation79
Defense80
Drainage and Flood Control82
Nomadic/Sedentist Symbiosis82
Ritual83
Symbolic Statements84
6Economic Outlays and Political Risks of Water Management91
Costs91
Expansion and Contraction93
Allocation96
Still-Water versus Moving-Water Systems99
Political Organization102
Rural-Urban Dichotomy103
7Archaeological Case Studies - New World107
Southern Maya Lowlands (400 BC-AD 900)108
Highland Mexico (100BC-AD 750)115
The Lowlands and Highlands Compared124
U.S. Southwest (AD 150-1400)125
World Comparisons129
8Archaeological Case Studies - Old World133
North-Central Sri Lanka (AD 1-1200)134
Lower Indus Valley (2550-1900 BC)140
Mycenaean Greece (1500-1150 BC)146
World Comparisons151
9Conclusions153
Theories of the Economy and Water Use154
Economic Practices158
Final Overview163
Notes167
References171
Index197

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