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Author Isbell, William H.

Title Andean Archaeology I [electronic resource] : Variations in Sociopolitical Organization / edited by William H. Isbell, Helaine Silverman.

Published Boston, MA : Springer US, 2002.


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Physical description 1 online resource (xiv, 390 p.)
Summary The origins and development of civilization are vital components to the understanding of the cultural processes that create human societies. Comparing and contrasting the evolutionary sequences from different civilizations is one approach to discovering their unique development. One area for comparison is in the Central Andes where several societies remained in isolation without a written language. As a direct result, the only resource for understanding these societies is in their material artefacts. In this work, the focus is on what the material remains reveal about the sociopolitical structures of the Central Andes region. This focus on ancient identity politics adopts a perspective that explicitly interrogates the processes and strategies by which higher social groups acted as self-interested agents in the achievement and maintenance of differential status, including: symbols of power and their role in the construction of an elite identity; social legitimization and achievement of economic or material power; design of architecture for the display of power and exercise of social control; and promotion of labor-intensive agriculture for the purpose of surplus production and extraction.
Other author Silverman, Helaine.
Subject Social sciences.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781461506393 (electronic bk.)
1461506395 (electronic bk.)