Emplacing Value, Cultivating Order: Places of Conversion and Practices of Subordination throughout Early Inka State Formation (Cuzco, Peru)

Steve Kosiba

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"Scholars from Aristotle to Marx and beyond have been fascinated by the question of what constitutes value. The Construction of Value in the Ancient World makes a significant contribution to this ongoing inquiry, bringing together in one comprehensive volume the perspectives of leading anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, linguists, philologists, and sociologists on how value was created, defined, and expressed in a number of ancient societies around the world. Based on the basic premise that value is a social construct defined by the cultural context in which it is situated, the volume explores four overarching but closely interrelated themes: place value, body value, object value, and number value. The questions raised and addressed are of central importance to archaeologists studying ancient civilizations: How can we understand the value that might have been accorded to materials, objects, people, places, and patterns of action by those who produced or used the things that compose the human material record? Taken as a whole, the contributions to this volume demonstrate how the concept of value lies at the intersection of individual and collective tastes, desires, sentiments, and attitudes that inform the ways people select, or give priority to, one thing over another"--Publisher's website. Signifcant stones, signifcant places : monumentality and landscapes in neolithic Western Europe / Chris Scarre -- The negotiation of place-value in the landscape / John Chapman -- Spare values : the decision not to destroy / Susan E. Alcock -- Emplacing value, cultivating order : places of conversion and practices of subordination throughout early Inka state formation (Cusco, Peru) / Steve Kosiba -- The revaluation of landscapes in the Inca empire as Peircean replication / Charles Stanish -- Objectifying the body : the increased value of the ancient Egyptian mummy during the socioeconomic crisis of dynasty / Kathlyn M. Cooney -- From value to meaning, from things to persons : the grave circles of Mycenae reconsidered / Sofia Voutsaki -- Dressing the body in splendor : expression of value by the Moche of ancient Peru / Christopher B. Donnan -- Interpreting the Paracas body and its value in ancient Peru / Lisa DeLeonardis -- The value of chorality in ancient Greece / Leslie Kurke -- Bodies and their values in the early medieval West / Patrick J. Geary. Systems of value among material things : the nexus of fungibility and measure / Colin Renfrew -- Money, art, and the construction of value in the ancient Mediterranean / John K. Papadopolous -- The construction of values during the Peruvian formative / Richard L. Burger -- Bronze, jade, gold, and ivory : valuable objects in ancient Sichuan / Rowan Flad -- The value of aesthetic value / James I Porter -- Light and the precious object, or value in the eyes of the Byzantines / Ioli Kalavrezou -- Figurine fashions in formative Mesoamerica / Richard G. Lesure -- From rational to relational : re-configuring value in the Inca empire / Tamara L. Bray : Competing and commensurate values in colonial conditions : how they are expressed and registered in the sixteenth-century Andes / Tom Cummins -- Equivalency values and the command economy of the Ur III period in Mesopotamia / Robert K. Englund -- Constructing value with instruments versus constructing equivalence with mathematics : measuring grains according to early chinese mathematical sources / Karine Chemla -- Recording values in the Inka empire / Gary Urton -- The varieties of ancient Maya numeration and value / David Stuart -- Calculative objects : sustaining symbolic systems in the ancient Mediterranean / Melissa A. Bailey.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstructions of Value in the Ancient World
EditorsJohn K. Papadopoulos, Gary Urton
Place of PublicationLos Angeles
PublisherCotsen Institute of Archaeology Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9781931745901
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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NameThe Construction of Value in the Ancient World


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