Professor edits new book about ancient Mesoamerica

book cover
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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: