Heterarchy and the Analysis of Complex Societies

  title={Heterarchy and the Analysis of Complex Societies},
  author={Carole L. Crumley},
Archeologists' dissatisfaction with Service's band-tribe-chiefdom-state model of sociocultural complexity has resulted in the epistemological reexamination of hierarchy, the exploration of heterarchy, and the historical and contextual flux between them. This calculus of power relations within and between polities aids understanding of how power shifts occur and under what conditions various power distributions constitute stable and unstable configurations. Power relations, while predicated on… CONTINUE READING


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