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Power and identity in archaeological theory and practice : case studies from ancient Mesoamerica /
edited by Eleanor Harrison-Buck.
Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, c2012.
xii, 162 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
160781174X (cloth : alk. paper), 9781607811749 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, c2012.
160781174X (cloth : alk. paper)
9781607811749 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-156) and index.
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"Makes an effective contribution to theory and practice in Mesoamerican studies. By coupling the study of power and identity, Harrison-Buck opens up a new avenue for research on power, an age-old question in archaeology."-Cynthia Robin, Northwestern University
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Main Description
The contributions to this volume represent a diverse array of Mesoamerican archaeological studies that are all theo-retically rooted to larger, global debates concerning issues of power and identity-two logically paired concepts. While social identity has been the focus of more critical analysis in recent years, the concept of power has received far less attention. Most studies focus on large-scale, institutional forms of power and the ruling body. Here, the focus is on relationsof power, addressing broader segments of society outside the dominant group, that often are ignored in traditional reconstructions of past societies. Harrison-Buck has compiled works that address a common criticism of social theory in the field of anthropological archaeology-the lack of strong case studies and corroborating facts supporting the abstract and often complex social theoretical concepts presented by scholars. Each contributor offers innovative method and theory and provides alternative and varied approaches to understanding power and identity in the archaeological record. They draw from a wide range of related disciplines and theoretical frameworks, including feminism, queer theory, cognitive studies, and postcolonial theory. The provocative case studies and exciting theoretical applications presented here will stimulate lively debate among scholars working both in and outside of Mesoamerica.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Current Theory and Practice in the Archaeology of Power and Identity: An Introductionp. 1
Dance, Power, and Ideology in Ancient Maya and Aztec Societyp. 8
Changing Social Practices as Seen from Household Iconic Traditions: A Case Study from Formative Central Tlaxcalap. 21
Memory and Power at Joya, Yucatánp. 39
The Phalli Stones of the Classic Maya Northern Lowlands: Masculine Anxiety and Regional Identityp. 53
Public Performance and Teotihuacán Identity at Los Horcones, Chiapas, Mexicop. 63
Objects as Persons: Integrating Maya Beliefs and Anthropological Theoryp. 82
The Encompassment of Subordinate Lords in the Tarascan Kingdom: Materiality, Identity, and Powerp. 90
Rituals of Death and Disempowerment among the Mayap. 103
Conjuring Meaning from Archaeological Remainsp. 116
Change, Scale, and Goals in the Study of Power and Identity in Mesoamericap. 120
List of Contributorsp. 125
References Citedp. 127
Indexp. 157
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