The Teleoscopic Polity: Andean Patriarchy and Materiality

The Teleoscopic Polity: Andean Patriarchy and Materiality

by Tom D Dillehay
     
 

This volume provides an up-to-date and in-depth summary and analysis of the political practices of pre-Columbian communities of the Araucanians or Mapuche of south-central Chile and adjacent regions. This synthesis draws upon the empirical record documented in original research, as well as a critical examination of previous studies. By applying both archaeological

Overview

This volume provides an up-to-date and in-depth summary and analysis of the political practices of pre-Columbian communities of the Araucanians or Mapuche of south-central Chile and adjacent regions. This synthesis draws upon the empirical record documented in original research, as well as a critical examination of previous studies. By applying both archaeological and ethnohistorical approaches, the latter including ethnography, this volume distinguishes itself from many other studies that explore South American archaeology. Archaeological and traditional-historical narratives of the pre-European past are considered in their own terms and for the extent to which they can be integrated in order to provide a more rounded and realistic understanding than otherwise of the origins and courses of ecological, economic, social and political changes in south-central Chile from late pre-Hispanic times, through the contact period and up to Chile’s independence from Spain (ca. AD 1450-1810). Both the approach and the results are discussed in the light of similar situations elsewhere.

Throughout its treatment, the volume continually comes back to two central questions: (1) how did the varied practices, institutions, and worldviews of the Mapuche’s ancient communities emerge as a historical process that resisted the Spanish empire for more than 250 years? and (2) how were these communities reproduced and transformed in the face of ongoing culture contact and landscape change during the early Colonial period? These questions are considered in light of contemporary theoretical concepts regarding practice, landscape, environment, social organization, materiality and community that will make the book relevant for students and scholars interested in similar processes elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783319031279
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Series:
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology Series , #38
Edition description:
2014
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion, and Cultureand Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and Professor Extraordinaire and Honorary Doctorate at the Universidad Austral de Chile. He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities around the world, including the Universidad de Chile, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Cambridge University, University of Tokyo, University of Chicago, among others. Professor Dillehay has published twenty-two books and more than two hundred refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is a leading South American archaeologist recognized for his groundbreaking and highly interdisciplinary research and has served as a consultant to several governments and academic institutions in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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