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Organizational Variability in Early Aggregated Communities in Middle-Range Societies: An Example from the Kayenta Region of the American Southwest

  • Tammy Stone (a1)
Abstract

Early aggregated communities are the result of individuals and families from geographically dispersed social networks coming together at a single geographic locale. In the process of this transition, individuals and families must find new ways to relate to one another and are constantly negotiating their positions in new, and highly dynamic, social orders. To facilitate this negotiation, villages, and families within villages, experiment with existing and new social mechanisms. The result can be considerable differences in the organization of villages within the same region and even houses within a village. This study examines this variability at two Tsegi-phase villages (Segazlin Mesa and Pottery Pueblo) in the Kay enta region of the American Southwest to better understand these processes.

Las comunidades tempranas agregadas son el resultado de la reunión de individuos y familias que provienen de redes sociales geográficamente dispersas que se encuentran en una misma localidad geográfica. En este proceso de transición, los individuos y las familias tienen que encontrar nuevas maneras de relacionarse entre sí y de negociar constantemente sus posiciones en órdenes sociales nuevos y de alto dinamismo. Para facilitar esta negociación, las aldeas y las familias dentro de las aldeas, experimentan tanto con mecanismos sociales existentes, como con nuevos. Esto puede resultar en diferencias considerables en la organización de las aldeas dentro de la misma región e incluso de las casas dentro de una misma aldea. Este estudio examina esta variabilidad en dos aldeas de la fase Tsegi (Segazlin Mesa y Pottery Pueblo) en la región Kayenta del suroeste de Estados Unidos para entender mejor estos procesos.

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