The Bioarchaeology of Social Control

Assessing Conflict and Cooperation in Pre-Contact Puebloan Society

  • Ryan P. Harrod

Part of the Bioarchaeology and Social Theory book series (BST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


Taking a bioarchaeological approach, this book examines the Ancestral Pueblo culture living in the Four Corners region of the United States during the late Pueblo I through the end of the Pueblo III period (AD 850-1300). During this time, a vast system of pueblo villages spread throughout the region creating what has been called the Chaco Phenomenon, named after the large great houses in Chaco Canyon that are thought to have been centers of control. Through a bioarchaeological analysis of the human skeletal remains, this volume provides evidence that key individuals within the hierarchical social structure used a variety of methods of social control, including structural violence, to maintain their power over the interconnected communities.


explaining behavior related to the use or nonuse of violence skeletal remains can be used to address concerns about behavior archaeological evidence of those at risk for violence in society bioarchaeological evidence from Four Corners region violence used as a mechanism of social control

Authors and affiliations

  • Ryan P. Harrod
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59515-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59516-0
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