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Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology

The Plurality of Power

An Archaeology of Industrial Capitalism

Authors: Cowie, Sarah

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  • Focuses on the social and power relations of an industrial town
  • Includes landscape- as well as health-related research from the site which provides greater insight into the social, capitalistic and power relations in this community
  • Employs GIS technology, which is becoming more prominent in archaeological research
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How do people experience power within capitalist societies?  Research presented here explicitly addresses the notion of pluralistic power, which encompasses both productive and oppressive forms of power and acknowledges that nuanced and multifaceted power relations can exist in combination with binary dynamics such as domination and resistance.  This volume addresses growing interests in linking past and present power relationships engendered by capitalism and in conducting historical archaeology as anthropology. 

 The Plurality of Power: An Archaeology of Industrial Capitalism explores the subtle distribution of power within American industrial capitalism through a case study of a company town.  Issues surrounding power and agency are explored in regard to three heuristic categories of power.  In the first category, the company imposed a system of structural, class-based power that is most visible in hierarchical differences in pay and housing, as well as consumer behavior.  A second category addresses disciplinary activities surrounding health and the human body, as observed in the built environment, medical artifacts, disposal patterns of industrial waste, incidence of intestinal parasites, and unequal access to healthcare. The third ensemble of power relations is heterarcical and entwined with non-economic capital (social, symbolic, and cultural).  Individuals and groups drew upon different forms of capital to bolster social status and express identity both within and apart from the corporate hierarchy. The goal in combining these diverse ideas is to explore the plurality of power relationships in past industrial contexts and to assert their relevance in the anthropology of capitalism. 

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The author received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2008, with a major in archaeology and a minor in sociocultural anthropology. Her M.S. in Industrial Archaeology is from Michigan Technological University. She also has over a decade of experience working in cultural resource management around the United States.

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“The Plurality of Power adds to a growing corpus of literature centered on the archaeological investigation of capitalism. … her discussion of subtle forms of power is without a doubt the strongest contribution of her volume … . The Plurality of Power will motivate readers to think critically about the archives they pursue in constructing their narratives about the past and instruct them on how to glean the various power relationships from seemingly limited materials.” (Bradley D. Phillippi, Historical Archaeology, Vol. 52, 2018)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Plurality of Power
Book Subtitle
An Archaeology of Industrial Capitalism
Authors
Series Title
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8306-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8306-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8305-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2811-4
Series ISSN
1574-0439
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 210
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