Professor Eleanor Harrison-Buck, assistant professor of anthropology, has edited the book Power and Identity in Archaeological Theory and Practice: Case Studies from Ancient Mesoamerica (Utah University Press, 2012).
The contributions to this volume represent a diverse array of Mesoamerican archaeological studies that are all theoretically 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 relations of power, addressing broader segments of society outside the dominant group, that often are ignored in traditional reconstructions of past societies.
“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