Anthropology 510

Seminar: Archaeology of North America

Topic: Mississippian Political Economy

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Term: Spring 2000

Instructor: Jon Muller


Time: Mondays 3 PM Faner 3515


Description: After some introductory discussion of what political economy is, the class will be an in-depth investigation of what was the political economy of developing hierarchical societies in general and Mississippian social formations in particular. For an outline of the range of topics, see my Mississippian Political Economy (Plenum 1997).


Prerequisites: None, but the ability to read and critically assess archaeological reports will be crucial.

Requirements: Readings, class assignments, and research paper.

Text: None, but extensive readings will be assigned. There will be heavy use of my Mississippian Political Economy (Plenum 1997)


Weekly Topics:

Anthropology 510

Mississippian Political Economy

Spring 2000 Jon Muller Time: Mondays, 3 PM Place: Faner 3515

Week

Week of

Topic (Readings to Be Assigned)

I.

18.Jan

Organization Mtg.

II.

25.Jan

What is Political Economy?

III.

31.Jan

Economics

IV.

7.Feb

Production

V.

14. Feb

Mississippian Basics

Topic Proposal Due

VI.

21. Feb

Mississippian Reproduction

VII.

28.Mar

Mississippian Production

VIII.

6.Mar

Mississippian Distribution

Break, 12-18 Mar

IX.

20.Mar

Mississippian Economic Direction

Detailed Paper Proposal/Outline Due

X.

27.Mar

Mississippian Political Control

XI.

3. Apr

Mississippian Social Organization

XII.

10.Apr

April 5-9 SAA

XIII.

17.Apr

Paper presentations start

XIV.

24.Apr

XV.

1 May

5 May

Final Versions of All Papers Due

XVI

8-12 May

Finals Week

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