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- DescriptionThere are few questions more central to understanding the prehistory of our species than those regarding the institutionalization of social inequality. Social inequality is manifested in unequal access to goods, information, decision-making, and power. This structure is essential to higher orders of social organization and basic to the operation of more complex societies. An understanding of the transformation from relatively egalitarian societies to a hierarchical organization and socioecomic stratification is fundamental to our kwledge about the human condition. In a follow-up to their 1995 book Foundations of Social Inequality, the Editors of this volume have compiled a new and comprehensive group of studies concerning these central questions. When and where does hierarchy appear in human society, and how does it operate? With numerous case studies from the Old and New World, spanning foraging societies to agricultural groups, and complex states, Pathways to Power provides key historical insights into current social and cultural questions.
- Author BiographyT. Douglas Price is the Director of the Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gary M. Feinman is Curator, Mesoamerican and Central American Anthropology, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL.
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication29/02/2012
- Series TitleFundamental Issues in Archaeology
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Note46 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white tables, biography
- Weight444 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byGary M. Feinman,T. Douglas Price
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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