Pathways to Power

New Perspectives on the Emergence of Social Inequality

  • T. Douglas Price
  • Gary M. Feinman

Part of the Fundamental Issues in Archaeology book series (FIAR)

About this book

Introduction

There 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 socioeconomic stratification is fundamental to our knowledge 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.

Keywords

Europe Evolution Prehistory burials and rituals Prehistory social hierarchy bronze age devleopment of hierarc foraging society history of feudalism inequality in hunter gatherer cultures iron age organizatin of agricultural cultures prehistory social inequality social stratification and religion societal structure in the Iron Age

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Douglas Price
    • 1
  • Gary M. Feinman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyField MuseumChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6300-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6299-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6300-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8040
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