Archaeology and State Theory: Subjects and Objects of Power

Archaeology and State Theory: Subjects and Objects of Power

by Bruce Routledge

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Overview

After neo-evolutionism, how does one talk about the pre-modern state? Over the past two decades archaeological research has shifted decisively from check-list identifications of the state as an evolutionary type to studies of how power and authority were constituted in specific polities. Developing Gramsci's concept of hegemony, this book provides an accessible discussion of general principles that serve to help us understand and organise these new directions in archaeological research. Throughout this book, conceptual issues are illustrated by means of case studies drawn from Madagascar, Mesopotamia, the Inca, the Maya and Greece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474237130
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/21/2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bruce Routledge is Senior Lecturer in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool. He is the author of Moab in the Iron Age: Hegemony, Polity, Archaeology (2004).

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