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Reversals of Fortune: Understanding Shifts in Political Power from Above and Below

Author(s): T. L. Thurston

Year: 2017

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Current social theories from a variety of disciplines offer ways through which we may understand when and why citizens of a polity or subjects a ruler are likely to protest or rise in response to problems in the relationship between governments and those they govern. Some forms of asymmetry and inequality serve as good general predictors of when protest, rebellion, or civil war are most likely to occur, while the ways in which these issues are framed and resolved vary from society to society. In case studies from early historic Europe, both general predictors and unique contexts can be examined using collective action theory, cultural dimensions theory, and the theoretical concepts of political peoplehood and reiterated problem solving as keys to understanding the power of those ‘above’ and ‘below’ and the outcomes of different kinds of conflicts.


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Reversals of Fortune: Understanding Shifts in Political Power from Above and Below. T. L. Thurston. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430551)


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Europe


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14511

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America