Archaeological Perspectives on Political Economies

Archaeological Perspectives on Political Economies

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Archaeological Perspectives on Political Economies

Archaeological Perspectives on Political Economies explores past societies that are characterized by hierarchical organization where the production and circulation of goods transcend domestic units. Based on contributions to the biennial Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Roundtable, Gary Feinman and Linda Nicholas bring together twelve leaders in the field whose contributions consider such questions as the emergence of rank within a previously egalitarian society, the regional organization of preindustrial economic systems, different modes of craft specializations, and the relation between high-status consumption and long-distance trade.

Areas of study include most of the core areas of early complex society development, and analytical scales that range from domestic units to macroregional networks, demonstrating how archaeological research and data can help explicate the economic intricacies of past societies. The volume reinvigorates the archaeological investigation of preindustrial economies, offering both new theoretical perspectives and new empirical foundations.

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

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