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Collective action in the formation of pre-modern states

Author: Richard E Blanton; Lane Fargher
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Springer, 2008
Series: Fundamental issues in archaeology
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Given the need for new directions in theory, the book proposes that anthropologists look to political science, especially the rational choice theory of collective action. The authors subject  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard E Blanton; Lane Fargher
ISBN: 9780387738765 0387738762 9780387738772 0387738770
OCLC Number: 488354505
Description: xxvi, 447 s
Contents: Rethinking the Role of Agency in Political Evolution.- The Social Actor in Collective Action.- Selecting a Sample of Societies for Comparative Coding.- Archaeological and Historical Contexts for the Coded Societies.- Revenue Sources.- Public Goods.- Bureaucratization.- Modes of Control of Principals.- Theory Testing and a Question: Is State Formation a Product of Rational Choice or Symbolic Structure?.- Collective Action Processes at World-Economy, Polity, and Community Scales.- Collective Action and Political Evolution.
Series Title: Fundamental issues in archaeology
Responsibility: Richard Blanton, Lane Fargher

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