Globalizing Flowscapes and the Historical Archaeology of the Mormon Domain

  • Timothy James Scarlett

Historical archaeology within the Mormon Domain should focus upon the globalizing flowscapes defined by Arjun Appaduri: ethnoscapes, mediascapes, technoscapes, financescapes, and ideoscapes. This perspective moves archaeological scholarship away from attempts to identify a single “Mormon Culture Pattern” and illustrate that pattern's collapse to processes of Americanization and Globalization after Utah achieved statehood. By shifting the focus to the relationships of exchange organized using the flowscapes, the Mormon Domain becomes an ideal venue to explore the roots of globalization's bifurcating tendency to deterritorialize nations and regions by connecting local places with transnational population movements. This intellectual perspective will further align historical archaeology in Utah and the Great Basin with general trends in historical archaeology, New Western History, and New Mormon History.


Mormon domain globalization flowscapes 



I am indebted to Ronald L. Reno for introducing me to Robertson's glocalization. Conversations with Ron influenced my thoughts on globalization. I continue to benefit from intellectual exchanges with Kirk Henrichsen, who has generously shared his scholarship and research. Graduate students in Michigan Technological University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program critically reviewed versions of this paper, including Stephanie Atwood, Shannon Bennett, Patrick Corcoran, Michael Deegan, Cameron Hartnell, Aaron Kotlensky, Vanessa McLean, Christopher Merritt, James Rudkin, and Scott See. Three reviewers also provided useful and constructive comments: Donald L. Hardesty, Robert L. Schuyler, and Charles E. Orser, Jr, and Dr. Hardesty's work has been a continuing inspiration. Kenyon Kennard continues to provide administrative support the Utah Pottery Project. Mr. Kennard is the Curator of Artifacts at This Is The Place Heritage Park/Deseret Village. Any errors of fact or interpretation remain my own.


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  1. 1.Program in Industrial Heritage and ArchaeologyDepartment of Social Sciences/AOB 209, Michigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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