Foundations of Social Inequality

  • T. Douglas Price
  • Gary M. Feinman

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. T. Douglas Price, Gary M. Feinman
      Pages 3-11
  3. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-14
    2. Brian Hayden
      Pages 15-86
    3. Richard E. Blanton
      Pages 105-127
    4. T. Douglas Price
      Pages 129-151
  4. Studies in Emerging Social Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-154
    2. Stephen Plog
      Pages 189-206
    3. Antonio Gilman
      Pages 235-251
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Gary M. Feinman
      Pages 255-279
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-290

About this book


In this authoritative volume, leading researchers offer diverse theoretical perspectives and a wide-range of information on the beginnings and nature of social inequality in past human societies. Their illuminating work investigates the role of status differentiation in traditional archaeological debates and major societal transitions. This volume features numerous case studies from the Old and New World spanning foraging societies to agricultural groups and complex states. Diachronic in view and archaeological in focus, this book will be of significant interest to archaeologists, anthropologists, and students.


Vor- und Frühgeschichte foraging society past human society social inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Douglas Price
    • 1
  • Gary M. Feinman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1291-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1289-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8040
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