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The Resource Navajo multi-household social units : archaeology on Black Mesa, Arizona, Thomas R. Rocek

Navajo multi-household social units : archaeology on Black Mesa, Arizona, Thomas R. Rocek

Label
Navajo multi-household social units : archaeology on Black Mesa, Arizona
Title
Navajo multi-household social units
Title remainder
archaeology on Black Mesa, Arizona
Statement of responsibility
Thomas R. Rocek
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this rigorous archaeological study, Thomas R. Rocek explores a neglected but major source of social flexibility in Navajo societies. While many studies have focused on household and community-level organization, few have examined the flexible, intermediate-sized, "middle-level" cooperative units that bind small groups of households together. Middle-level units, says the author, must be recognized as important sources of social flexibility in many such cultural contexts. Furthermore, attention to middle-level units is critical for understanding household or community-level organization, because the flexibility they offer can fundamentally alter the behavior of social units of larger or smaller scale. In examining the archaeological record of Navajo settlement on Black Mesa, Rocek develops archaeological methods for examining multiple-household social units (variously called "outfits" or "cooperating groups") through spatial analysis, investigates evidence of change in middle-level units over time, relates these changes to economic and demographic flux, and compares the Navajo case study to the broader ethnographic literature of middle-level units. Rocek finds similarities with social organization in non-unilineally organized societies, in groups that have been traditionally described as characterized by network organization, and particularly in pastoral societies. The results of Rocek's study offer a new perspective on variability in Navajo social organization, while suggesting general patterns of the response of social groups to change. Rocek's work will be of significant interest not only to those with a professional interest in Navajo history and culture, but also, for its methodological insights, to a far broader range of archaeologists, social anthropologists, ethnohistorians, ethnoarchaeologists, historians, cultural geographers, and political scientists
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
979.1/35
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E99.N3
LC item number
R58 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Navajo multi-household social units : archaeology on Black Mesa, Arizona, Thomas R. Rocek
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-221) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Black Mesa Navajos -- 3. The Units of Navajo Social Organization -- 4. Spatial Analysis of Navajo Social Units -- 5. The Black Mesa Sites. The Database. Coding Methods -- 6. Measuring Change on Northern Black Mesa. The Population. The Economy. The Social Units. Population, Economy, and Society: Correlations -- 7. Culture Change on Black Mesa: Issues and Conclusions. Critique of Methods. The Lessons of Black Mesa -- 8. Middle-level Social Units: Beyond the Navajo Case. Are Comparable Middle-level Units Found in Other Societies? Pastoral Nomads. The Navajo Case in Cross-cultural Perspective -- Appendix A. Data Coding -- Appendix B. Settlement Maps
Control code
30977003
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 237 p.
Isbn
9780816514724
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94033277
Note
Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 1 journal clipping. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Navajo multi-household social units : archaeology on Black Mesa, Arizona, Thomas R. Rocek
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-221) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Black Mesa Navajos -- 3. The Units of Navajo Social Organization -- 4. Spatial Analysis of Navajo Social Units -- 5. The Black Mesa Sites. The Database. Coding Methods -- 6. Measuring Change on Northern Black Mesa. The Population. The Economy. The Social Units. Population, Economy, and Society: Correlations -- 7. Culture Change on Black Mesa: Issues and Conclusions. Critique of Methods. The Lessons of Black Mesa -- 8. Middle-level Social Units: Beyond the Navajo Case. Are Comparable Middle-level Units Found in Other Societies? Pastoral Nomads. The Navajo Case in Cross-cultural Perspective -- Appendix A. Data Coding -- Appendix B. Settlement Maps
Control code
30977003
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 237 p.
Isbn
9780816514724
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94033277
Note
Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 1 journal clipping. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps

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