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Ten thousand years of inequality : the archaeology of wealth differences

Author: Timothy A Kohler; Michael Ernest Smith
Publisher: Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, [2018]
Series: Amerind studies in anthropology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Field-defining research that will set the standard for understanding inequality in archaeological contexts"--Provided by publisher.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy A Kohler; Michael Ernest Smith
ISBN: 9780816537747 0816537747 9780816539444 0816539448
OCLC Number: 1010543742
Description: ix, 337 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Studying inequality's deep past / Michael E. Smith, Timothy A. Kohler, and Gary M. Feinman --
Letting the Gini out of the bottle : measuring inequality archaeologically / Christian E. Peterson and Robert D. Drennan --
Dreaming beyond Gini : methodological steps toward a composite archaeological inequality index / Rahul C. Oka, Nicholas Ames, Meredith S. Chesson, Ian Kuijt, Chapurukha M. Kusimba, Vishwas D. Gogte, and Abhijit Dandekar --
Testing hypotheses about emergent inequality (using Gini coefficients) in a complex fisher-forager society at the Bridge River Site, British Columbia / Anna Marie Prentiss, Thomas A. Foor, and Mary-Margaret Murphy --
In and out of chains? : the changing social contract in the Pueblo Southwest, AD 600-1300 / Timothy A. Kohler and Laura J. Ellyson --
Steady inequality in changing times : an examination of regional patterns in Hohokam structure data / Matthew Pailes --
Exploring measures of inequality in the Mississippian heartland / Alleen Betzenhauser --
Farming, inequality, and urbanization : a comparative analysis of late prehistoric northern Mesopotamia and southwestern Germany / Amy Bogaard, Amy Styring, Jade Whitlam, Mattia Fochesatto, and Samuel Bowles --
The trajectory of social inequality in ancient Mesopotamia / Elizabeth C. Stone --
Assessing wealth inequality in the pre-Hispanic Valley of Oaxaca : comparative implications / Gary M. Feinman, Ronald K. Faulseit, and Linda M. Nicholas --
Deep inequality : summary and conclusions / Timothy A. Kohler, Michael E. Smith, Amy Bogaard, Christian E. Peterson, Alleen Betzenhauser, Gary M. Feinman, Rahul C. Oka, Matthew Pailes, Anna Marie Prentiss, Elizabeth C. Stone, Timothy J. Denneby, and Laura J. Ellyson.
Series Title: Amerind studies in anthropology.
Other Titles: Archaeology of wealth differences
Responsibility: edited by Timothy A. Kohler and Michael E. Smith.

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"Field-defining research that will set the standard for understanding inequality in archaeological contexts"--Provided by publisher.

"Is wealth inequality a universal feature of human societies, or did early peoples live an egalitarian existence? How did inequality develop before the modern era? Did inequalities in wealth increase as people settled into a way of life dominated by farming and herding? Why in general do such disparities increase, and how recent are the high levels of wealth inequality now experienced in many developed nations? How can archaeologists tell? Ten Thousand Years of Inequality addresses these and other questions by presenting the first set of consistent quantitative measurements of ancient wealth inequality. The authors are archaeologists who have adapted the Gini index, a statistical measure of wealth distribution often used by economists to measure contemporary inequality, and applied it to house-size distributions over time and around the world. Clear descriptions of methods and assumptions serve as a model for other archaeologists and historians who want to document past patterns of wealth disparity. The chapters cover a variety of ancient cases, including early hunter-gatherers, farmer villages, and agrarian states and empires. The final chapter synthesizes and compares the results. Among the new and notable outcomes, the authors report a systematic difference between higher levels of inequality in ancient Old World socities and lower levels in their New World counterparts. For the first time, archaeology allows humanity's deep past to provide an account of the early manifestations of wealth inequality around the world "--Inside jacket flap.

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