The nature of power - one of the central concerns in social science - is the main theme of this wide-ranging book. Introducing a much broader historical and geographical comparative understanding of domination and resistance than is available elsewhere, the editors and contributors offer a wealth of perspectives and case studies. They illustrate the application of these ideas to issues as diverse as ritualized space, the nature of hierarchy in non-capitalist contexts and the production of archaeological discourse.
Drawing on considerable experience in promoting interaction between archaeology and other disciplines concerned with ideology, power and social transformation, the editors have brought together a stimulating book that will be of widespread interest amongst students of archaeology, ancient history, sociology, anthropology and human geography.
'[Domination and Resistance] is concerned with the nature of power, using a wealth of perspectives and case studies from archaeology and its related disciplines to delineate and assess the mechanisms of dominance and of its counterpart, resistance' - British Archaeology
'The unity in this book comes from its many voices and tones … This is all liberating and beneficial.' - P. Leone, Man
'The voices in Domination and Resistance are not about nationalist archaeology; they are about many nationals speaking about the archaeology they know. In addition to plurality and competence, many of the authors use parts of Marxist theory to shape their analyses. This is refreshing, aids in exemplifying otherwise unfamiliar concepts, and does not interfere with understanding specific historical circumstances' - Man
'This book is very provocative. At the very least it challenges many traditional ways of thinking about the past. More generally it provides us with the opportunity to hear an array of voices and perspectives that are still too infrequently heard in the United States. It is a book well worth reading' - Mark S. Warner, Miami University, USA
List of contributors Foreword P.J. Ucko Preface Introduction Daniel Miller, Michael Rowlands and Christopher Tilley Domination and Resistance 1. A question of complexity Michael Rowlands 2. Discourse and power: the genre of the Cambridge inaugural lecture Christopher Tilley 3. The limits of dominance Daniel Miller Political Economy and Ideology: Historical Transformations 4. The roots of inequality arbara Bender 5. Towards a theory of social evolution: on state systems and ideological shells J.A. Hall 6. The imperial form and universal history: some reflections on relativism and generalization John Gledhill 7. Factional competition in complex society Elizabeth M. Brumfiel 8. Sensuous human activity and the state: towards an archaeology of bread and circuses Susan Kus 9. Anuradhapura: ritual, power and resistance in a precolonial South Asian city R.A.L.H. Gunawardana 10. Monastery plan and social formation: the spatial organization of the Buddhist monastery complexes of the Early and Middle historical period in Sri Lanka and changing patterns of political power Senake Bandaranayake 11. A Buddhist monastic complex of the medieval period in Sri Lanka P.L. Prematilleke 12. Value, ranking and consumption in the European Bronze Age Kristian Kristiansen 13. Marxist perspectives on social organization in the central European Early Bronze Age Simon Mays European Expansion, Colonialism and Resistance 14. Orientalism and Near Eastern archaeology Mogens Trolle Larsen 15. The material culture of the modern era in the ancient Orient: suggestions for future work Philip L. Kohl 16. Culture, identity and world process Jonathan Friedman 17. The archaeology of colonialism and constituting the African peasantry Michael Rowlands 18. Resistance to Western domination: the case of Andean cultures Pedro Portugal 19. The development of an urban working-class culture on the Rhodesian Copperbelt Owen B. Sichone 20. Class formation in precolonial Nigeria: the case of Eastern and Western Nigeria and the Middle Belt Gloria Thomas-Emeagwali 21. Violence and consent in a peasant society B.K. Jahangir Index