Towards a Theory of Sociopolitical Complexity

Seaways to Complexity - A Study of Sociopolitical Organisation Along the Coast of Northwestern Scandinavia in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age - Knut Ivar Austvoll

Knut Ivar Austvoll [+-]
University of Oslo
Knut Ivar Austvoll is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo.

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In chapter 3 a presentation of the theoretical and research historical stance is offered. First, some theoretical considerations are discussed and highlighted. This is presented through a general discussion on political economy approaches, the implementation of social evolution in archaeology, and their context within a northern European research history. This serve as a foundation for the framing of the theoretical model developed in this chapter. Secondly, cross-cultural comparison from independent regions is presented to illustrate the organisational structure from comparatively similar regions and assist in the modelling of a sociopolitical framework in northwestern Scandinavia. Lastly, previous and current trends that have figured in Scandinavian Bronze Age research are highlighted in order to position this book in a broader discourse.

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Austvoll, Knut Ivar. Towards a Theory of Sociopolitical Complexity. Seaways to Complexity - A Study of Sociopolitical Organisation Along the Coast of Northwestern Scandinavia in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2020. ISBN 9781781798782. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38008. Date accessed: 15 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38008. Feb 2020

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