Dimensions of inequality. Comparing the North Atlantic and the US Southwest

Orri Vésteinsson, Michelle Hegmon, Jette Arneborg, Glen Rice, Will G. Russell

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    Analysis of three different realms of inequality in two pairs of small-scale pre-industrial societies in two very
    different and culturally unconnected regions – Hohokam and Mimbres in the US Southwest and Greenland and
    Iceland in the North Atlantic – suggests that inequality can be successfully used as a yardstick to compare
    societies in the past. The study finds that there were significant inequalities in these small-scale farming societies
    – often described in previous studies as “egalitarian” – but that proxies for economic inequality like access to
    productive resources and to exotic goods do not fully reflect the range and nature of these inequalities. Access to
    ritual space is found to be a more sensitive measure of actual inequalities as experienced by members of these
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Anthropological Archaeology
    Volume54 (2019)
    Issue numberJune
    Pages (from-to)172-191
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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