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Settlement change documentation and analysis: a case study from the Mogollon region of the American Southwest
American archaeologists have been interested in changing patterns of prehistoric settlement for more than 50 years. Despite this interest, many settlement patterns remain poorly documented and unexplained. Adherence to the concepts of site and phase restrict the scales at which change is observed and explanations are sought. ...
Performing our pasts: representing history, representing self
Anthropological research is based on oral testimony, but using it as research data in history remains contentious, because, apart from problems of memory, it is assumed that self-interest colors accuracy. Yet some anthropologists and historians emphasize the importance of the presuppositions and motives that underly the ...
Cambodia 1991-94: hierarchy, neutrality and etiquettes of discourse
The dissertation is concerned with how the negotiation of conventions of public discourse correlates to changing political economy. It focuses on Cambodia during the period immediately before and after the 1993 U.N.-sponsored elections. The dissertation develops the idea of "discursive etiquette" as a working concept. From ...
Explaining corrugated pottery in the American Southwest: an evolutionary approach
Corrugated pottery is a unique utility ware made by leaving construction coils unobliterated, and manipulating these exposed coils to produce a rough exterior surface. Ancestral Puebloan populations in the American Southwest made this pottery in various forms between AD 650 and 1450. Although archaeologists have tried to ...
Specialization: stoneware pottery production in northcentral Texas, 1850-1910
Ceramic specialization, a key concept in both scientific and cultural evolutionary archaeology, continues to be poorly defined more than ten years after Rice published her model of ceramic specialization (Rice 1981). Rice and others continue to struggle toward an accepted definition of what specialization is and how it can ...
Rational choice and collective action in an Andean community
This thesis explores the value of rational choice theory in the explanation of social action in an Andean village in rural Cusco, Peru. The research on which it is based has been motivated by the question, "How do agropastoralists resolve collective action problems in securing access to productive resources and in producing ...
Swahili identity in post-colonial Kenya: the reproduction of gender in educational discourses
In post-colonial Kenya, education is a key discourse within which struggles of power and identity among Kenyan peoples, and between Kenyans and the state are played out. This dissertation employs a series of parallel, articulating analyses of educational discourses in the colonial and post-colonial periods to examine both ...
Swears and swearing among Landogo of Sierra Leone: aesthetics, adjudication, and the philosophy of power
This dissertation discusses how swears and swearing enactments act as adjudicational mechanisms among Landogo of northern Sierra Leone. A swear (a kind of curse object) reveals power and aesthetic thought. As process, swearing articulates the moral and ethical substance of cosmological confrontation between witches and humans. ...
Success and failure in post-miracle Taiwan
Drawing extensively (though not exclusively) from psychoanalytic and Marxian theories as they apply to and reflect the technological paradigm of production and consumer desire, this dissertation provides an ethnographic description of middle-class, post-miracle daily life in Taiwan.