Tobias L. Kienlin
Before Elites: Alternatives to Hierarchical Systems in Modelling Social Formations
Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie
Place of conference
International Conference at the Ruhr-Universität
In directing us “beyond elites”, the editors of this volume invite us to consider not only whether we have over-estimated the centralized control that metal working enabled or demanded in prehistoric Europe but also to move beyond standard typologies of political forms and evolutionary concepts (Kienlin, this volume). To move beyond elites, of course, we must understand what constitutes an “elite” and elite society. If we take these concepts to imply some kind of socially reproduced restriction on access to leadership positions and accompanying social stratification, then we are asked to consider whether Bronze or Iron Age European societies operated in the absence of an ascribed hierarchy and significant political complexity.
Roscoe, Paul B. 2012. Before Elites: The Political Capacities of Big Men. In: Before Elites: Alternatives to Hierarchical Systems in Modelling Social Formations, Volume 1, edited by Tobias L. Kienlin and Andreas Zimmerman, pp.41-54 Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie, Volume 215. Bonn: Rudolph Habelt.
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