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Household Units in the Analysis of Prehistoric Social Complexity, Cook Islands

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Title: Household Units in the Analysis of Prehistoric Social Complexity, Cook Islands
Authors: Taomia, Julie M.E.
Keywords: Southern Cook Islands
households
complexity
social organization
LC Subject Headings: Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation: Taomia, J. M. E. 2000. Household Units in the Analysis of Prehistoric Social Complexity, Cook Islands. Asian Perspectives 39 (1-2): 139-64.
Series/Report no.: Volume 39
Numbers 1 & 2
Abstract: Polynesian and other Oceanic societies have often informed research into social complexity. McGuire (1983) has proposed a means of measuring complexity that does not assume any particular organizational form. The examination of prehistoric household remains allows archaeologists to compare common units of social organization across societies for more meaningful comparisons of past social organization. This paper discusses house remains excavated on three islands in the Southern Cook Islands of central Polynesia for the information they provide about past social organization on the islands and provides comparison between three closely related island societies. KEYWORDS: Southern Cook Islands, households, complexity, social organization.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17137
ISSN: 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 2000 - Volume 39, Numbers 1 & 2 (Spring-Fall)



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