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Maya Figurines

Intersections between State and Household

By Christina T. Halperin

Publication Year: 2014

The first systematic analysis of ceramic figurines from multiple regions of the Southern Maya Lowlands, this book explores the construction of the Late Classic period Maya state by considering how figurines found in household refuse deposits mirror the relationships the state had with households and individuals.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Series: Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture Publication Initiative


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

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pp. 8-9

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pp. 10-13

Th is book explores the social complexity of Late Classic Maya states from the perspective of the inconspicuous ceramic fi gurine. It underscores the ways in which the practices and symbols of households are implicated in the making of states. Rather than viewing the contours of social life solely from the summits of towering temple pyramids or from the royal ...

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pp. 14-23

Inherent in the notion of the state is a contradiction. As Stuart Hall (2006: 363) remarks, ?Th e state is both of and over society. It arises from society; but it also refl ects, in its operations, the society over which it exercises authority and rule. It is both part of society, and yet separate from it.? Seen from another perspective, households are both foundational ...

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1. State and Household: Articulating Relations

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pp. 24-43

Previous scholarship on the state builds on two simplistic but contradic-tory models: households as part of the state, in which the state is an aggregate of households (or individuals, settlements, territories, and so forth), and households as separate from the state, in which the state exists and operates in isolation from the large majority of households. We may be better served, ...

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2. Materiality and Mimesis

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pp. 44-56

I recognize that the concepts of state and household have no inherent fi xity of meaning, organization, or composition but rather are socially and historically constitutive through a series of practices and their eff ects (Hendon 1996, 2010; Patterson and Gailey 1987; Pauketat 2000a; Sharma and Gupta 2006; Trouillot 2001). While boundaries among various social ...

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3. State Pomp and Ceremony Writ Small

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pp. 57-106

State pomp and ceremony does not completely disappear at the exits of large plaza areas or at the end of the calendar cycle framing key religious, political, and ceremonial events. Landscape studies underscore the endur-ing presence of temple pyramids and other monumental landmarks that tower into the vistas and consciousnesses of local peoples as they go about ...

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4. From Oral Narrative to Festival and Back: Tricksters, Spirit Companions, Ritual Clowns, and Deities

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pp. 107-155

In both concurrence and tension with Late Classic Maya state representa-tions was a more perverse, liminal, and otherworldly realm that stressed transformation, hybridity, ridicule, and challenge to social boundaries. At the heart of these transgressions were tricksters, ritual clowns, wayob or spirit companions, and other grotesque supernatural beings. Th ese ...

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5. Figurine Political Economies

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pp. 156-206

Culture is produced in the collision of meaningful representations and political economic practices. In other words, the practices of produc-tion, exchange, and consumption are infl uenced by but also constrain the beliefs, dispositions, and ideologies surrounding material culture. Th is chapter takes up the project that was initiated in the preceding two ...

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6. Figurative Performances

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pp. 207-230

Perhaps more than other types of visual media, fi gurines are character-ized by a remarkable fl exibility of meaning in that they are small and extremely portable and thus can be arranged, rearranged, and divorced from other objects (including other fi gurines), spaces, and people whose interactions indexically create signifi cation. Th is chapter more closely ...

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7. Comments on Maya State and Household

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pp. 231-243

Previous inquiries into ancient complex societies have undermined the notion that states were bounded, unitary entities and place emphasis on the relationships between states and ?world systems? as part of broader, shift ing interaction spheres. Oft en lost in these analyses are the links and disjunctures that relate the state, as political leaders, institutions, and ...

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pp. 244-265

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pp. 316-321

E-ISBN-13: 9780292709744
E-ISBN-10: 0292709749
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292771307
Print-ISBN-10: 0292771304

Page Count: 320
Illustrations: 10 color and 99 b/w illus., 3 maps, 6 graphs (the 10 color are in an 8-page section)
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture Publication Initiative