The Ghost of Functionalism

Author(s): Stephanie Miller

Year: 2017


This paper considers the assumptions, limitations, and greater implications that a theory of integration-disintegration has for analyzing social change across space and time. It reviews the historical foundations of the concept of integration as it emerged in enlightenment social theory and considers how the concept of integration has been repeatedly and uncritically co-opted into various discourses of archaeological theory. An alternative framework for thinking about social change will be offered and the context of the Yaxuna-Coba causeway will serve as an example to illustrate the various strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches for positing possible pathways of economic development.

Cite this Record

The Ghost of Functionalism. Stephanie Miller. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431312)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16477