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New Directions in Archaeology : The Transition to Statehood in the New World - Grant D. Jones

New Directions in Archaeology

The Transition to Statehood in the New World


Published: 17th February 2011
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This 1982 collection of eight original anthropological essays provides an exciting synthesis of theory and practice in one of the key issues of contemporary cultural evolutionary thought. The contributors ask why complex, highly stratified societies emerged at several locations in the New World at the same point in prehistory. Focusing primarily on the initial centers of civilization in Mesoamerica and the Andean region, they consider the sociopolitical, environmental and ideological factors in state formation. The essays discuss the prehistoric conditions and processes that simulated the development of the first state-level societies in Mesoamerica and Peru, and explore the difficulties archaeologists must face in their direct analysis of physical remains. In general, the contributors recognize a growing need for better archaeological solutions to the question of state origin and for more sensitivity to the problems as well as to the possibilities of ethnographic analogy.

Issues in the study of New World state formation Grant
Sociopolitical Factors in State Formation
The chiefdom: precursor of the state
Class conflict and the state in the New World
The ecological basis for New World state formation: general and local model building
The transition to statehood as seen from the mouth of a cave
Ideological Factors in State Formation
Religion and the rise of Mesoamerican states
The nature and role of religious diffusion in the early stages of state formation: an example from Peruvian prehistory
Civilization as a state of mind: the cultural evolution of the Lowland
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ISBN: 9780521172691
ISBN-10: 0521172691
Series: New Directions in Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 17th February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4