Violence and Inequality: An Archaeological History
Published by: University Press of Colorado
Imprint: University Press of Colorado
Sales Date: 2024-02-01
Available: February 2024
288 Pages, 152.00 x 228.00 x 20.00 mm, 24
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The assumption that violence and its threat buttressed elite social control is now challenged from various perspectives. This volume incorporates new models of the relationship between violence and social inequalities into the archaeology of social complexity, building more complicated and nuanced understandings of how different modes of social violence can militate different types of social constitution. Contributions from a variety of methodological angles-such as the bioarchaeology of health and trauma and radiogenic isotope studies and the aesthetics of violence-use a comparative perspective, drawing on data from the Southwestern US, Bronze Age China, early dynastic Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, Roman Britain, and the Andes.
Violence and Inequality offers an original and deep history of violence and inequality. Understanding the long-term intersection of violence and inequality and how they support or erode one another is of intrinsic importance, making this work significant to the study of archaeology, economic history, and collective action.
"A new spin on classic and perennial themes related to violence and inequality."
-Jennifer Birch, University of Georgia