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Ancient Maya Political Dynamics$
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Antonia E. Foias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044224

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044224.001.0001

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Political Anthropology, Archaeology, and Ancient Politics

Political Anthropology, Archaeology, and Ancient Politics

(p.24) 2 Political Anthropology, Archaeology, and Ancient Politics
Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Antonia E. Foias

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins with a short review of dominant schools of thought in political anthropology, and proceeds by establishing how current concerns in political anthropology impact archaeologists’ perspectives on ancient politics. More specifically, the chapter shows how politics needs to be understood as a dynamic process rather than a static set of institutions.

Keywords:   political economy, political evolution, authority, legitimacy, leadership

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