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The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest - Archaeology in Society (Hardback)
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The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest - Archaeology in Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 15/08/2008
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The Social Construction of Communities draws on archaeological research in the Southwest to examine how communities are created through social interaction. The archaeological record of the Southwest is important for its precise dating, exceptional preservation, large number of sites, and length of occupation-making it most intensively researched archaeological regions in the world. Taking advantage of that rich archaeological record, the contributors to this volume present case studies of the Mesa Verde, Rio Grande, Kayenta, Mogollon, and Hohokam regions. The result is an enhanced understanding of the ancient Southwest, a new appreciation for the ways in which humans construct communities and transform society, and an expanded theoretical discussion of the foundational concepts of modern social theory.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780759110083
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 239 x 161 x 17 mm


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The authors in The Social Construction of Communities raise the right questions as they attempt to break with the ecofunctionalist models of past decades. Southwest archaeologists will find the volume's substantive, synthetic discussions of recent research to be particularly useful. -- Ruth Van Dyke, Colorado College
Varien and Potter are to be congratulated on editing a volume that provides a substantial theoretical and methocological foundation for understanding how past communities were created and maintained in the American Southwest....this book is a must-add to the literature and an important addition to our understanding of the Chacoan world. * Journal of Anthropological Research *
This volume is an admirable combination of social theory and substantive results that helps to redefine how archaeologists look at past communities. Although the case studies are from the U.S. Southwest, they have broad applicability to many archaeological regions and should serve as important sources for agency-oriented approaches in archaeology. -- Barbara J. Mills, University of Arizona

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