Proceedings of the 2002 Southwest Symposium
"Researchers and students interested in case studies involving the research topics of social identity and feasting, and current theoretical trends in Southwest archaeology will find this volume useful. . . . [T]he papers on feasting and social identity are refreshing in that at least some archaeologists are turning their attention back to the material culture and are stressing the importance of technological style in material culture analysis."
—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"This volume impressively continues the publishing tradition of the Southwest Symposium proceedings. . . . [T]he papers exemplify a number of the salient research, legal, and political issues confronting researchers of Southwestern Native American cultures in the first decade of the twenty-first century."
"The reason to read this volume over others is clear: it brings together the work of researchers on the leading edge of emergent issues in archeology. . . . [Mills'] synthesis is broad-reaching, bringing together archeological works from across the globe and incorporating works from other social sciences, while at the same time maintaining a straightforward style that is easy to read, follow, and comprehend."
With contributions from sociocultural and linguistic anthropologists as well as archaeologists, this volume is the first to present case studies of social identity and feasting from throughout the Greater Southwest. A section of the book is also devoted to a synthesis and set of case studies on the archaeology of the pivotal Mexican State of Chihuahua.
Unlike many previous studies, the authors of this volume place emphasis on how differences within and between societies came about rather than why dissimilar structures arose, elevating the place of both agency and history in understanding the past. Identity, Feasting, and the Archaeology of the Greater Southwest will be of interest to all doing archaeological research in the Southwestern United States and those conducting research on social identity, cultural affiliation, and commensal politics.
Contributors: Karen R. Adams, Jeffrey J. Clark, Patricia L. Crown, T. J. Ferguson, Catherine S. Fowler, Robert J. Hard, Jane H. Hill, Jane H. Kelley, Frances Levine, Micah Loma'omvaya, K. Tsianina Lomawaima, A. C. MacWilliams, Paul E. Minnis, Scott G. Ortman, David Phillips Jr., James M. Potter, John R. Roney, Lynne Sebastian, Katherine A. Spielmann, Joe D. Stewart, Scott Van Keuren, Laurie D. Webster, Michael E. Whalen, W. H. Wills