Collective Action in Inter-Theoretical Perspective

Author(s): Dean Saitta

Year: 2013


It has been five years since The Archaeology of Collective Action was published in UPF’s "American Experience" series. This paper summarizes the purpose of the book and reflects on the dozen or so reviews that appeared in a wide variety of publications.  It also describes the "reviewer polarization" that was produced when the essence of the book was distilled and packaged for inclusion in an edited volume on the evolutionary dynamics of cooperative behavior.  This polarization forced consideration of whether the organizing epistemologies and theories of historical archaeology—or what we might more broadly term historical anthropology—can be usefully squared with those that inform an evolutionary anthropology.  Can they be squared?  Or does something important get lost in the bargain?

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Collective Action in Inter-Theoretical Perspective. Dean Saitta. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428667)

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Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 137