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Type: Paper
Paper Title: ANIMATING THE POLITICAL ECONOMY: BRINGING ANIMALS TO THE TABLE
Author: KATHERINE KANNE (Northwestern University)   
Date/Time: Sat., 10:45 AM
Co-Author(s): KATHERINE KANNE (Northwestern University) 
Abstract: Archaeologists have long been concerned with how political institutions arise and how economic and social inequalities develop. I am concerned with how animals work as critical pawns in these endeavors. Animals have been described generally as essential to economic and political development in past societies. Archaeologists have pointed to the utility of livestock to measure variation in socioeconomic systems, examine the nature of the political economy, and to study exchange networks. Intensification and specialization in animal production in prehistoric economies has been linked to new types of political organization. This paper offers new and species-specific ways of examining the political economy through animals. Animals are discussed as responsive and malleable resources that people actively manipulate in pursuit of their goals. Changes in animals do not just mirror political economic developments; they both enable and constrain them in ways that things do not.

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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