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The Sociopolitical Structure Of Prehistoric Southwestern Societies

1st Edition

By Steadman Upham, Kent G Lightfoot, Roberta A. Jewett


682 pages

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This book examines current archaeological approaches for studying the organizational structure of prehistoric societies in the American Southwest. It presents the historical background of the divergent theoretical models that have been used to interpret Southwestern socio-political organizations.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction -- Complex Societies in the Prehistoric American Southwest: A Consideration of the Controversy -- Historical Foundations and Theoretical Approaches -- History and Theory in Reconstructing Southwestern Sociopolitical Organization -- Structuring Debate and Debating Structure: A Mesoamerican Perspective on Prehistoric Social Organization in the American Southwest -- East Meets West: Hierarchy and Elites in Pueblo Society -- Studying Complexity -- Exchange and Sociopolitical Relations -- The Sociopolitics of Exchange (and Archaeological Research) in the Northern Southwest -- Regional Exchange Networks in the American Southwest: A Comparative Analysis of Long-Distance Trade -- Southwestern Case Studies -- A Regional Perspective on Hohokam Irrigation in the Lower Salt River Valley, Arizona -- Differentiation and Integration in a Tucson Basin Classic Period Hohokam Community -- The Casas Grandes Polity in the International Four Corners -- Did the Sheep Look Up? Sociopolitical Complexity in Ninth Century Dolores Society -- Distance, Interaction, and Complexity: The Spatial Organization of Pan-Regional Settlement Clusters in the American Southwest -- Interpreting Settlement Hierarchies: A Reassessment of Pinedale and Snowflake Settlement Patterns -- Surplus Production and Complexity in the Upper Little Colorado Province, East-Central Arizona -- The Chronologies of Nuvakwewtaqa: Implications for Social Processes -- The Evolution of the Kayenta Regional System -- The Chacoan Regional System: Interpreting the Evidence for Sociopolitical Complexity -- Virgin Anasazi Sociopolitical Organization, a.d. 1 to 1150 -- Concluding Thoughts -- The Sociopolitical Structure of Prehistoric Southwestern Societies: Concluding Thoughts

About the Authors

Steadman Upham Department of Anthropology and Sociology New Mexico State University, Box 3BV Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003 Kent G. Lightfoot Department of Anthropology University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 94720 Roberta A. Jewett Department of Anthropology University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 94720

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General