Archaeology of Households, Kinship, and Social Change offers new perspectives on the processes of social change from the standpoint of household archaeology.

This volume develops new theoretical and methodological approaches to the archaeology of households pursuing three critical themes: household diversity in human residential communities with and without archaeologically identifiable houses, interactions within and between households that explicitly considers impacts of kin and non-kin relationships, and lastly change as a process that involves the choices made by members of households in the context of larger societal constraints. Encompassing these themes, authors explore the role of social ties and their material manifestations (within the house, dwelling, or other constructed space), how the household relates to other social units, how households consolidate power and control over resources, and how these changes manifest at multiple scales. The case studies presented in this volume have broader implications for understanding the drivers of change, the ways households create the contexts for change, and how households serve as spaces for invention, reaction, and/or resistance. Understanding the nature of relationships within households is necessary for a more complete understanding of communities and regions as these ties are vital to explaining how and why societies change.

Taking a comparative outlook, with case studies from around the world, this volume will inform students and professionals researching household archaeology and be of interest to other disciplines concerned with the relationship between social networks and societal change.

chapter 1|17 pages


Global comparative approaches to households and change in past societies
ByLacey B. Carpenter, Anna Marie Prentiss

chapter 2|9 pages


Households as assemblages
ByJulián Salazar, Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Jennifer G. Kahn

chapter 3|26 pages

Pottery, social memory, and household cooperation in the Woodland-period Southeast U.S.

ByThomas J. Pluckhahn, Neill J. Wallis

chapter 5|29 pages

Houses of power

Community houses and specialized houses as markers of social complexity in the pre-contact Society Island chiefdoms
ByJennifer G. Kahn

chapter 6|10 pages


Situating households within broader networks
ByColin P. Quinn, Donna M. Glowacki, Carl J. Wendt, Nathan Goodale

chapter 7|24 pages

Mitigating stress through organizational change in a 13th-century Mesa Verde Alcove village

ByDonna M. Glowacki, Kay E. Barnett

chapter 8|32 pages

Collective action, cooperation, and Olmec sociopolitical organization

A household archaeology approach
ByCarl J. Wendt

chapter 9|27 pages

Monumentality of houses

Collective action, inequality, and kinship in pithouse construction
ByNathan Goodale, Colin P. Quinn, Alissa Nauman

chapter 10|13 pages


Household-centered approaches to transformative change
ByLacey B. Carpenter, Charles S. Spencer, Elsa M. Redmond, Casey R. Barrier

chapter 11|28 pages

The persistence of sedentism throughout Cahokia's urban moment

Historical materialism and insights into the dominant built form
ByCasey R. Barrier

chapter 12|27 pages

The spaces and networks between households

ByIan Kuijt

chapter 14|30 pages

New roles, new rules

Elite residence, succession to public office, and political evolution in Oaxaca
ByCharles S. Spencer, Elsa M. Redmond

chapter 15|28 pages


Reflections and implications
ByAnna Marie Prentiss, Lacey B. Carpenter