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Type: Paper
Paper Title: ATTACHED OR INDEPENDENT
Author: CATHY COSTIN (California State University-Northridge)   
Date/Time: Sat., 11:00 AM
Co-Author(s): CATHY COSTIN (California State University-Northridge) 
Abstract: Attached and Independent. Tim Earle first used these terms in a short Current Anthropology Comment to distinguish between two different kinds of craft production. In trying to explain the origins of craft specialization, he observed that the production of some types of crafts was controlled by political elites, while the production of other goods fell largely outside the purview of ruling individuals or institutions. In the past three decades, these concepts have been expanded upon and debated in the literature. We have come to realize how closely linked the organization of production is to many other aspects of the political and economic realms. To the extent that meaning-laden goods communicate important social, political, and/or religious ideas, the transmittal of these ideas begins with production. Controlling the distribution of economically valuable, politically salient, and/or ideologically potent goods—long-held to be key to the rise, maintenance, and legitimation of elite power – is often connected to control over the production of those goods. In this paper, I briefly describe how Earle’s simple idea developed in the literature, and consider how it has influenced our ideas about political economy and political power more generally.

Program Number: 4-0445
Session Title: POLITICAL ECONOMIES: THE LEGACY OF TIMOTHY K. EARLE, PART 1
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Organizer(s): LISA LUCERO (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign), CATHY COSTIN (California State University-Northridge) 
Chair(s): LISA LUCERO (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)  
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