Water and Power in Past Societies

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Emily Holt
SUNY Press, 1 may. 2018 - 334 páginas

 Examines the many ways water has contributed to power structures in the past, with insights for contemporary water management.


Water, an essential resource in all cultures, is at the heart of human power structures. Utilizing a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, the contributors to Water and Power in Past Societies provide a broad introduction to the archaeology of water-related power structures. The studies herein explore the long history of water politics in human society, offering new insights into the power structures and inequalities surrounding irrigation systems, the collection of rainwater as a component of ancient industrial production, and sea water as a facilitator of communication, trade, and aggression. In addition to examining the role of different types of water in creating power relationships, the volume presents case studies from a variety of climatic regions, ranging from the very dry to the tropical. This geographical breadth facilitates cross-cultural comparison, making Water and Power in Past Societies an essential resource for instructors and students of the archaeology of water. Finally, in addition to reaching conclusions with significant implications for archaeologists and anthropologists, the volume has real contemporary relevance, often drawing explicit parallels with issues of current and future water management.
 

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Índice

The Birth of Civilizational Analysis from the Spirit of Anthropology
1
The Complexities of Norbert Elias
35
Prospects for Collaboration
53
An Assessment from Historical Anthropology for South Arabias History
75
Chapter 5 Civilization as a Key Guiding Idea in South Asia
99
Bhakti Neglected Or The Missed Opportunities for a New Approach to a Comparative Analysis of Civilizational Diversity
121
Theravada Buddhist Statecraft in Mainland Southeast Asia and Laos in the Context of Civilizational Analysis
155
Sociocultural Dynamics in the Uplands of Southeast Asia
193
Some Markers
233
Reflections on Everyday Toilet Practices in Rural South China
259
Reflections on Kulturkreislehre with Reference to China
281
Chapter 13 Nomads and the Theory of Civilizations
303
Chapter 14 The Orthodox Eurasian or Russian Orthodox Civilization?
323
Afterword Anthropology Eurasia and Global History
339
Contributors
355
Index
357

Chapter 9 Anthropology Civilizational Analysis and the Malay World
219

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Sobre el autor (2018)

 Emily Holt is Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

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