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Cooperation and collective action : archaeological perspectives

Author: David M Carballo
Publisher: Coulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, [2012]
Series: JSTOR EBA.
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"Past archaeological literature on cooperation theory has emphasized competition's role in cultural evolution. As a result, bottom-up possibilities for group cooperation have been under-theorized in favor of models stressing top-down leadership, and evidence from a range of disciplines has demonstrated that humans effectively sustain cooperative undertakings through a number of social norms and institutions.  Read more...
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Cross-cultural studies
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Cooperation and collective action.
Coulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, [2012]
(DLC) 2012038942
(OCoLC)808498146
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David M Carballo
ISBN: 9781607322085 1607322080 9781457174100 1457174103 9781457174087 1457174081
OCLC Number: 823170592
Description: 1 online resource (x, 319 pages)
Contents: Cover Page --
Title Page --
Copyright Page --
Contents --
Figures --
Tables --
PART I: Theoretical Perspectives --
1. Cultural and Evolutionary Dynamics of Cooperation in Archaeological Perspective --
COOPERATION: DEFINITIONS AND APPROACHES --
Conceptualizing Cooperation --
Public Goods and Common-Pool Resource Problems --
Mechanisms Promoting Cooperation: The Four Rs --
Cooperation and Collective Action in Cultural Evolution --
DEVELOPING ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON COOPERATION --
Resource Problems --
Institutions and strategies --
Material Cultures of Cooperation --
ORGANIZATION OF THE VOLUME --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
REFERENCES --
2. The Emergence of Social Complexity: Why More than Population Size Matters --
HUMAN GROUPS ARE DISTINCTIVE --
EGALITARIANISM --
THE NEOLITHIC PACKAGE, POPULATION, AND COMPLEXITY --
ZOOMING DOWN ON SIZE-COMPLEXITY --
BRINGING IN INTEGRATION --
DIFFERENT HISTORICAL PATHWAYS --
VARIATION IN INTEGRATIVE STRATEGIES: AN EXPLANATORY FRAMEWORK --
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
REFERENCES --
3. War, Collective Action, and the "Evolution" of Human Polities --
COLLECTIVE-ACTION THEORY AND HUMAN INTERESTS --
WAR AND THE FORMATION OF LARGE-SCALE SOCIAL GROUPS --
THE NATION-STATE AND DEFENSIVE ORGANIZATION --
SCALE AND THE DEFENSIVE COMMUNITY --
THE NATURE AND SCALE OF POLITICAL CENTRALIZATION --
SYMBIOSIS AND ANTAGONISM: RECONCILING VOLUNTARISTIC AND CONFLICT APPROACHES --
CONQUEST WARFARE, POLITICAL INTEGRATION, AND EMPIRE --
EMPIRE AND THE FAILURES OF MODERNITY --
CONCLUSION --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
NOTES --
REFERENCES --
4. The Ritualized Economy and Cooperative Labor in Intermediate Societies --
COOPERATION --
MAINTAINING ECONOMIC COOPERATION THROUGH RITUAL AND TABOO --
SCHEDULING OF DOMESTIC LABOR AND THE PRINCIPLE OF PROPORTIONAL RITUALIZATION --
SUMMARY --
NOTES --
REFERENCES. 5. Reconsidering Darwinian Anthropology: With Suggestions for a Revised Agenda for Cooperation Research --
PROSOCIAL ACTION IS ARGUED TO RESULT (IN PART) FROM BIOLOGICALLY EVOLVED MENTAL MODULES AND SOCIAL INSTINCTS --
METHODOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND OTHER CHALLENGES TO DARWINIAN ANTHROPOLOGY --
Cooperation Is Not Necessarily a Product of Mental Modules or Social Instincts --
Steps to a Multiscalar Perspective on Contingent Cooperation --
AN EMPIRICAL AND SCIENTIFIC APPROACH FOR COOPERATION RESEARCH APPLIED TO PREMODERN STATES --
THE PROBLEMATIZATION OF RELIGION AND POWER IN MORE COOPERATIVE POLITIES --
How Is the Relationship of Power and Religion Problematized? --
ASANTE --
Lozi --
SWAHILI LAMU --
EARLY AND MIDDLE MING DYNASTY --
ATHENS --
ROMAN HIGH EMPIRE PERIOD --
VENICE --
OTTOMAN EMPIRE --
AZTEC --
Conclusions from the Analysis of Dichotomized Data on Polity and Religion --
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS --
The Contingent Character of Human Social Action Brings cooperator Dilemmas --
Final Comments --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
NOTES --
REFERENCES --
6. Agency and Collective Action --
HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGIES OF COLLECTIVE ACTION --
Race --
Gender --
Class --
CONCLUSIONS FOR AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF COOPERATIVE BEHAVIOR --
REFERENCES --
PART II: Case Studies --
7. Free-Riding, Cooperation, and Population Growth: The Evolution of Privatization and Leaders in Owens Valley, California --
COOPERATION AND FREE-RIDING --
OWENS VALLEY AS A CASE STUDY --
TESTING THE PRIVATIZATION MODEL --
New Subsistence Pursuits --
Interhousehold Heterogeneity --
Intrahousehold Activity Areas --
Discussion --
THE EVOLUTION OF PRIVATIZED, EXCLUDABLE GOODS AND SMALL-SCALE LEADERS --
REFERENCES --
8. Cooperation and Competition among Late Woodland Households at Kolomoki, Georgia --
THE MIDDLE WOODLAND AND EARLY LATE WOODLAND PERIODS --
THE TERMINAL LATE WOODLAND --
DISCUSSION. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
NOTES --
REFERENCES --
9. The Competitive Context of Cooperation in Pre-Hispanic Barinas, Venezuela: A Multilevel-Selection Approach --
MODELING THE EVOLUTION OF COOPERATION --
THE EL GAVÁN POLITY IN BARINAS, VENEZUELA --
OTHER REGIONAL POLITIES --
APPLYING THE MULTILEVEL-SELECTION MODEL --
EVIDENCE OF INTERPOLITY CONFLICT --
CONCLUSION --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
REFERENCES --
10. Water Control and the Emergence of Polities in the Southern Maya Lowlands: Evolutionary, Economic, and Ecological Models --
PATRON-CLIENT RELATIONS: A SIMPLE SCENARIO WITH COMPLEX RESULTS --
SURPLUS DISTRIBUTION IN THE PATRON-CLIENT SCENARIO AND SIMULATION --
WATER CONTROL AND THE PATRON-CLIENT SCENARIO IN THE SOUTHERN MAYA LOWLANDS --
ECONOMIC BARGAINING MODELS --
FROM THE EMERGENCE OF POLITIES TO THEIR DECLINE --
LIMITATIONS OF THE MODELS --
CONCLUDING REMARKS AND SYNTHESIS --
NOTES --
REFERENCES --
11. Labor Collectives and Group Cooperation in Pre-Hispanic Central Mexico --
LABOR COLLECTIVES AND GROUP COOPERATION IN THE ETHNOGRAPHIC AND ETHNOHISTORIC RECORDS --
LABOR COLLECTIVES AND GROUP COOPERATION IN THE LATE FORMATIVE TO CLASSIC PERIODS --
Resource Problems --
Institutions and Strategies --
Material symbols and Ritual --
CONCLUSION --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
REFERENCES --
12. Caste as a Cooperative Economic Entitlement Strategy in Complex Societies of the Indian Subcontinent and Sub-Saharan Africa --
GROUP RESPONSES TO PERIODS OF DECLINE IN COMPLEX SOCIETIES --
THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT --
WEST AFRICA --
THE DEVELOPMENT OF CASTE AS A GROUP-LEVEL RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLITICAL FLUCTUATIONS --
DISCUSSION --
CONCLUSION --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
NOTES --
REFERENCES --
13. The Dynamics of Cooperation in Context --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
REFERENCES --
Contributors --
Index.
Series Title: JSTOR EBA.
Responsibility: edited by David M. Carballo.

Abstract:

"Past archaeological literature on cooperation theory has emphasized competition's role in cultural evolution. As a result, bottom-up possibilities for group cooperation have been under-theorized in favor of models stressing top-down leadership, and evidence from a range of disciplines has demonstrated that humans effectively sustain cooperative undertakings through a number of social norms and institutions. Cooperation and Collective Action is the first volume to focus on the use of archaeological evidence to understand cooperation and collective action. Disentangling the motivations and institutions that foster group cooperation among competitive individuals remains a great conundrum in evolutionary theory. The breadth and material focus of archaeology provide a much-needed complement to existing research on cooperation and collective action, which thus far has relied largely on game-theoretic modeling, surveys of college students from affluent countries, brief ethnographic experiments, and limited historic cases. In Cooperation and Collective Action, diverse case studies address the evolution of the emergence of norms, institutions, and symbols in complex societies over the last 10,000 years. This book is an important contribution to the literature on cooperation in human societies and will appeal to archaeologists and other scholars interested in cooperation research"--

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