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Chiefdoms : Power, Economy, and Ideology - Timothy K. Earle

Chiefdoms

Power, Economy, and Ideology

By: Timothy K. Earle (Editor)

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Published: 31st May 1993
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The study of chiefdoms has moved from a preoccupation with their formal characteristics to a concern with their dynamics as political institutions. The contributors are interested in how ruling elites retain power through control over production and exchange, and then legitimize that control through an elaborated ideology. The ten case studies look at particular chiefdoms, originating in specific historical conditions. Despite obvious differences between the chiefdoms, certain common underlying processes are revealed. The collection recognizes how complex and interdependent are the sources of power in society, as well as the forces of instability that constantly threaten to tear it apart.

"The papers, which grew out of a 1988 Advanced Seminar at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are all of a high quality and are all thought provoking. The theoretical diversity represented by the 10 authors, the empirical summaries of a worldwide sample of chiefly cases, and the volume's uncanny cohesiveness make this book an essential addition to the libraries of those social scientists concerned with chiefdoms or, more broadly, with the historical relationships between polity, economy, and culture...deserves high praise." American Antiquity "...a very useful source. Its pages are studded with detailed accounts of what prehistoric chiefdoms left behind in the way of material remains." Ethnohistory "Chiefdoms is a welcome addition to recent studies of cultural evolution." American Anthropologist

List of contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The evolution of chiefdomsp. 1
Chiefdoms, states, and systems of social evolutionp. 16
The pattern of change in British prehistoryp. 44
Property rights and the evolution of chiefdomsp. 71
Lords of the waste: predation, pastoral production, and the process of stratification among the Eastern Twaregsp. 100
Chiefship and competitive involution: the Marquesas Islands of eastern Polynesiap. 119
Trajectories towards social complexity in the later prehistory of the Mediterraneanp. 146
Chiefdoms to city-states: the Greek experiencep. 169
Contrasting patterns of Mississippian developmentp. 193
Demography, surplus, and inequality: early political formations in highland Mesoamericap. 229
Pre-Hispanic chiefdom trajectories in Mesoamerica, Central America, and northern South Americap. 263
Referencesp. 288
Indexp. 328
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ISBN: 9780521448963
ISBN-10: 0521448964
Series: School of American Research Advanced Seminar
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 31st May 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5