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Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation

Feast, Famine or Fighting?

Multiple Pathways to Social Complexity

Herausgeber: Chacon, Richard, Mendoza, Rubén G. (Eds.)

  • Discusses the multiple pathways by which social complexity first emerged on a global scale of analysis
  • Includes contributions from some of the most influential and internationally-recognized scholars and experts in their respective fields
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The advent of social complexity has been a longstanding debate among social scientists. Existing theories and approaches involving the origins of social complexity include environmental circumscription, population growth, technology transfers, prestige-based and interpersonal-group competition, organized conflict, perennial wartime leadership, wealth finance, opportunistic leadership, climatological change, transport and trade monopolies, resource circumscription, surplus and redistribution, ideological imperialism, and the consideration of individual agency.

However, recent approaches such as the inclusion of bioarchaeological perspectives, prospection methods, systematically-investigated archaeological sites along with emerging technologies are necessarily transforming our understanding of socio-cultural evolutionary processes. In short, many pre-existing ways of explaining the origins and development of social complexity are being reassessed. 

Ultimately, the contributors to this edited volume challenge the status quo regarding how and why social complexity arose by providing revolutionary new understandings of social inequality and socio-political evolution.

Über den Autor

Richard J. Chacon is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Winthrop University. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Amazonia among the Yanomamo of Venezuela, the Yora of Peru and the Achuar (Shiwiar) of Ecuador. In the Andes, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the Otavalo and Cotacachi Indians of Highland Ecuador. His research interests include collective action, optimal foraging theory, indigenous subsistence strategies, natural resource conservation, warfare, belief systems, the development of social complexity, ethnohistory, ethics and the effects of globalization on indigenous peoples.

Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza is Professor and Chair of the Division of Social, Behavioral, and Global Studies at the California State University, Monterey Bay. He has conducted archaeological and ethnohistorical investigations in California, Colorado, the US Southwest, and Mesoamerica. His research interests include Mesoamerican and South American civilizations and social complexity, long-distance trade and exchange, conflict interaction, and Hispanicized Indian and Amerindian traditional technologies and material cultures. In addition, he is the coordinator for both the Archaeological Science, Technology, and Visualization, and Global Studies, programs at CSU Monterey Bay.

Contact information: Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza, Ph.D., RPA, Professor/Chair, Division of Social, Behavioral & Global Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA, USA. E-mail: rumendoza@csumb.edu

Inhaltsverzeichnis (17 Kapitel)

  • Introduction

    Chacon, Richard J. (et al.)

    Seiten 1-14

  • Violence, Warriors, and Rock Art in Bronze Age Scandinavia

    Ling, Johan (et al.)

    Seiten 15-33

  • Societal Dynamics of Prestate Societies of the North Central European Plains, 500–1000 CE: A Model

    Lozny, Ludomir R.

    Seiten 35-59

  • Trade and State Formation in Ancient East African Coast and Southern Zambezia

    Kusimba, Chapurukha M. (et al.)

    Seiten 61-89

  • Feasting, Social Complexity, and the Emergence of the Early Neolithic of Upper Mesopotamia: A View from Göbekli Tepe

    Dietrich, Oliver (et al.)

    Seiten 91-132

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eBook 118,99 €
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Hardcover 149,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-48401-3
  • Kostenfreier Versand für Individualkunden weltweit
  • Gewöhnlich versandfertig in 3-5 Werktagen.
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Bibliografische Information

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Buchtitel
Feast, Famine or Fighting?
Buchuntertitel
Multiple Pathways to Social Complexity
Herausgeber
  • Richard Chacon
  • Rubén G. Mendoza
Titel der Buchreihe
Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
Buchreihen Band
8
Copyright
2017
Verlag
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Inhaber
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48402-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48402-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48401-3
Buchreihen ISSN
1574-0501
Auflage
1
Seitenzahl
XXIX, 490
Anzahl der Bilder und Tabellen
41 schwarz-weiß Abbildungen, 108 Abbildungen in Farbe
Themen