1st Edition

Archaeology of Households, Kinship, and Social Change

Edited By Lacey B. Carpenter, Anna Marie Prentiss Copyright 2022
    378 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    378 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Archaeology of Households, Kinship, and Social Change offers new perspectives on the processes of social change from the standpoint of household archaeology.

    This volume develops new theoretical and methodological approaches to the archaeology of households pursuing three critical themes: household diversity in human residential communities with and without archaeologically identifiable houses, interactions within and between households that explicitly considers impacts of kin and non-kin relationships, and lastly change as a process that involves the choices made by members of households in the context of larger societal constraints. Encompassing these themes, authors explore the role of social ties and their material manifestations (within the house, dwelling, or other constructed space), how the household relates to other social units, how households consolidate power and control over resources, and how these changes manifest at multiple scales. The case studies presented in this volume have broader implications for understanding the drivers of change, the ways households create the contexts for change, and how households serve as spaces for invention, reaction, and/or resistance. Understanding the nature of relationships within households is necessary for a more complete understanding of communities and regions as these ties are vital to explaining how and why societies change.

    Taking a comparative outlook, with case studies from around the world, this volume will inform students and professionals researching household archaeology and be of interest to other disciplines concerned with the relationship between social networks and societal change.

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    Chapter 1

    Introduction: Global Comparative Approaches to Households and Change in Past Societies

    Lacey B. Carpenter and Anna Marie Prentiss

    Chapter 2

    Perspectives: Households as Assemblages

    Julián Salazar, Thomas J. Pluckhahn, and Jennifer G. Kahn

    Chapter 3

    Pottery, Social Memory, and Household Cooperation in the Woodland-Period Southeast US Thomas J. Pluckhahn and Neill J. Wallis

    Chapter 4

    Household Dynamics and the Reproduction of Early Village Societies in Northwest Argentina (200 BC-AD 850)

    Julián Salazar

    Chapter 5

    Houses of Power: Community Houses and Specialized Houses as Markers of Social Complexity in the Pre-Contact Society Island Chiefdoms

    Jennifer G. Kahn

    Chapter 6

    Perspectives: Situating Households within Broader Networks

    Colin P. Quinn, Donna M. Glowacki, Carl J. Wendt, and Nathan Goodale

    Chapter 7

    Mitigating Stress through Organizational Change in a Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde Alcove Village

    Donna M. Glowacki and Kay E. Barnett

    Chapter 8

    Collective Action, Cooperation, and Olmec Sociopolitical Organization: A Household Archaeology Approach

    Carl J. Wendt

    Chapter 9

    Monumentality of Houses: Collective Action, Inequality, and Kinship in Pithouse Construction

    Nathan Goodale, Colin P. Quinn, and Alissa Nauman


    Chapter 10

    Perspectives: Household-Centered Approaches to Transformative Change

    Lacey B. Carpenter, Charles S. Spencer, Elsa M. Redmond, and Casey R. Barrier

    Chapter 11

    The Persistence of Sedentism throughout Cahokia's Urban Moment: Historical Materialism and Insights into the Dominant Built Form

    Casey R. Barrier

    Chapter 12

    The Spaces and Networks Between Households

    Ian Kuijt

    Chapter 13

    Changes in Household Organization and the Development of Classic Period Mimbres Pueblos

    Barbara J. Roth

    Chapter 14

    New Roles, New Rules: Elite Residence, Succession to Public Office, and Political Evolution in Oaxaca

    Charles S. Spencer and Elsa M. Redmond

    Chapter 15

    Conclusion: Reflections and Implications

    Anna Marie Prentiss and Lacey B. Carpenter



    Lacey Carpenter is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Hamilton College and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History.

    Anna Marie Prentiss is Regents Professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana.