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War Owl Falling: Innovation, Creativity, and Culture Change in Ancient Maya Society

Markus Eberl


Innovation causes change. Indeed, modern Western societies see it as a crucial asset to advance. But can it also explain change in ancient societies? This book approaches material change as a crucial component of innovation; that is, the materialization of ideas that become widely adopted. Individuals exercise their agency not only to maintain society but also to cause change through inventions. Here, a symbolic approach is developed to conceptualize their creativity. Metonyms and metaphors link knowledge domains in novel but incomplete ways that imply a meta-discourse on knowledge. Their awar ... More

Keywords: Innovation, Agency, Creativity, Garden of Forking Paths, Culture-specific needs, Classic Maya, Cultural logic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056555
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Markus Eberl, author
Vanderbilt University