Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Transformation of Complex Societies [book review]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Donna Nash, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This edited volume is the product of Carbondale’s Visiting Scholar Conference Series. This eclectic collection of 20 chapters considers the collapse and resilience of complex societies. I group the papers thematically since space prohibits a description of each. The editor organized the conference twenty-five years after the publication of two foundational works: The Collapse of Complex Societies (Cambridge University Press, 1988) by Joseph Tainter and The Collapse of Ancient States and Civilizations (University of Arizona Press, 1991), edited by Norman Yoffee and George Cowgill. The first two chapters review previous research in different ways. Tainter examines the history of thought about collapse in the Western world and how this bias may have had an impact on archaeological approaches. Faulseit reviews many of these approaches but details resilience theory (RT), a model derived from environmental science, which examines change as an adaptive cycle.

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Journal of Anthropological Research 73(1): 106-107
Language: English
Date: 2017
book review, resilience theory, archaeology

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