Anarchist Theory and Archaeology

  • Bill AngelbeckEmail author
  • Lewis Borck
  • Matt Sanger
Living reference work entry


The theory of anarchism primarily concerns the organization of society in a way that fosters egalitarian or equitable forms of association and cooperation and resists all forms of domination. An anarchist perspective involves an awareness of, and critique of, how power is implemented through social relations, whether positively as in collaborative acts of mutual aid to common goals or negatively as in assertions of authoritarian power contrary to the interests of the community as a whole. As a theory concerning power and social relations, archaeologists apply anarchism for analyses of past societies, to interpret and evaluate forms of egalitarian or hierarchical relations, modes of domination or resistance, and expressions of control or autonomy. Moreover, it is not just for considering the past, but the theory can be applied to contemporary social arrangements concerning archaeology in multiple ways: how archaeologists organize themselves for research teams and field...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and SociologyDouglas CollegeNew WestminsterCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of ArchaeologyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Assistant ProfessorBinghamton UniversityBinghamtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Uzma Z. Rizvi
    • 1
  1. 1.Brooklyn CampusPratt InstituteBrooklynUSA