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Agency, Power and Heterarchy in Contempory Archaeology

Summary: Agency, Power and Heterarchy in Contempory Archaeology

Stephen Shennan's concern with how non-state agrarian societies have been characterized by archaeological studies in the past is well founded.  Characterizing (and categorizing) non-state societies as stepping-stones evolving into future states is an outdated approach to these studies. The approach he proposed would focus on our understanding the archaeological record as the remains of social practices, rather than generalized social institutions.  He refers to Bourdieu's theory of practice, and stresses the need to ground social archaeology in the micro-scale of day-to-day activities in our analyses.  The study of long-term change, patterns of inequality, domination and resistance can be investigated through statistical analysis of the distributions of outcomes.  

Bourdieu's theory of practice is again a large influence in A Dual-Processual Theory for the Evolution of Mesoamerican Civilization (Blanton, et. al.).  They focus on process rather than stages or categories...


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