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Everyday Life MattersMaya Farmers at Chan$
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Cynthia Robin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044996

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044996.001.0001

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Why Everyday Life at Chan Matters

Why Everyday Life at Chan Matters

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Everyday Life Matters

Cynthia Robin

University Press of Florida

Chapter 7 illustrates how understanding everyday life at Chan shapes and supports the formulation of a critique of the nature of human societies and challenges researchers to rethink and revise prominent anthropological concepts about the constitution of societies and the nature of human agency. This chapter explores anthropological ideas such as the role of population pressure and state control in the emergence of intensive agriculture; the relationship between ideology, false consciousness, and power; the nature of political economies; the relationship between cities and rural producers; and the nature of human agency. This chapter concludes by comparing and contrasting the Chan study to archaeological analyses that do not consider everyday life in order to illustrate how interpretations of the past may be flawed if researchers do not take everyday life into account.

Keywords:   everyday life, archaeology, Chan, farmers, community, agency, intensive agriculture, ideology, political economy

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