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Social Construction of Communities Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest

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ISBN-10: 0759110085

ISBN-13: 9780759110083

Edition: 2008

Authors: James R. Allison, Mark D. Varien, James M. Potter, Jeffrey J. Clark, Michelle Hegmon

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"The Social Construction of Communities draws on the archaeology of the southwestern United States to examine how communities are created through social interaction. The archeological record of the Southwest is unparalleled in many respects, including its precise dating, exceptional preservation, unusually large number of sites, millenia-long occupation, intensive research, detailed environmental reconstructions, and the link between ancestral and modern Pueblo people. Taking advantage of the rich archaeological record, the contributors present case studies of the Mesa Verde, Rio Grande, Kayenta, Mogollon, and Hohokam regions. Each case study draws on a wide range of archaeological data to tease out the details of social interaction that result in the social construction of communities. Modern social theory is used to examine each case, producing an enhances 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 8/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Mark D. Varien is Vice President of Programs at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado. He is the author of Sedentism and Mobility in a Social Landscape: Mesa Verde and Beyond and the editor of The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the American Southwest.

List of Figures
List of Tables
The Social Production of Communities: Structure, Agency, and Identity
Identity
Space, Houses, and Bodies: Identity Construction and Destruction in an Early Pueblo Community
Exchanging Identities: Early Pueblo I Red Ware Exchange and Identity North of the San Juan River
Constructing Community and Transforming Identity at Albert Porter Pueblo
Agency and the Individual
Agency and Gender in Prehispanic Puebloan Communities
An Agent-Centered Case Study of the Depopulation of Sand Canyon Pueblo
Place and Landscape
Action, Place, and Space in the Castle Rock Community
History, Place, and Social Power in the Galisteo Basin, A.D. 1250-1325
Migration, Settlement, and Community Organization
Imagining Communities in the Cibola Past
Demography, Agricultural Potential, and Identity among Ancient Immigrants
Social Theory and Southwestern Communities
Structure and Agency in Southwest Archaeology
The Grounds for Agency in Southwest Archaeology
Life as Movement: A Tewa View of Community and Identity
Bibliography
Index
About the Contributors