Cosmopolitanism: New Theoretical Considerations of the Mesoamerican Epiclassic
Author(s): Christina Halperin
Previous theoretical considerations of the Mesoamerican Epiclassic period have situated social change as part of social evolutionary processes of state collapse, the networking of a few religious and political-elites (e.g., cult of Quetzalcoatl), the proliferation of market economies, and the beginning of an "International Style". This paper considers notions of cosmopolitanism as a new theoretical framework for thinking about Epiclassic processes. It has long been suggested that Epiclassic art styles were eclectic and cosmopolitan wherein artisans creatively selected from and incorporated various foreign influences into their own local political and religious expressions. This paper, however, proposes new ways of thinking about cosmopolitanism that broadly incorporates three key factors: migration, political-economy, and social identity expressions. It evaluates this framework within the context of the Classic Maya collapse and the emerging presence of previously small, frontier polities in Peten, Guatemala.
SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Reconsidering the "Epic" in the Mesoamerican Epiclassic Period Part 2: Interregional Interactions •
- Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)
Cite this Record
Cosmopolitanism: New Theoretical Considerations of the Mesoamerican Epiclassic. Christina Halperin. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396133)
min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;