Cultural Evolution

Contemporary Viewpoints

  • Gary M. Feinman
  • Linda Manzanilla

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Technological Change and Economic Specialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-14
    2. Bruce D. Smith
      Pages 15-60
    3. Robert L. Carneiro
      Pages 61-93
    4. Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas
      Pages 119-142
  4. Political Complexity and Its Emergence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-144
    2. Charles S. Spencer, Elsa M. Redmond
      Pages 145-175
    3. Robert D. Drennan
      Pages 177-196
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-269

About this book


Drawing on Kent Flannery's forty years of cross-cultural research in the area, the contributors to this collection reflect the current diversity of contemporary approaches to the study of cultural evolutionary processes. Collectively the volume expresses the richness of the issues being investigated by comparative theorists interested in long-term change, as well as the wide variety of data, approaches, and ideas that researchers are employing to examine these questions.


Mesopotamia archaeology cultural evolution evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Gary M. Feinman
    • 1
  • Linda Manzanilla
    • 2
  1. 1.The Field MuseumChicago
  2. 2.Universidad Nacional Autonoma de MexicoMexico CityMexico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6871-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4173-8
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