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The bashful and the boastful : prestigious leaders and social change in Mesolithic Societies

Spikins, P. (2008) The bashful and the boastful : prestigious leaders and social change in Mesolithic Societies. Journal of World Prehistory. pp. 173-193. ISSN 0892-7537

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Abstract

The creation and maintenance of influential leaders and authorities is one of the key themes of archaeological and historical enquiry. However the social dynamics of authorities and leaders in the Mesolithic remains a largely unexplored area of study. The role and influence of authorities can be remarkably different in different situations yet they exist in all societies and in almost all social contexts from playgrounds to parliaments. Here we explore the literature on the dynamics of authority creation, maintenance and contestation in egalitarian societies, and discuss the implications for our interpretation and understanding of the formation of authorities and leaders and changing social relationships within the Mesolithic.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Journal of World Prehistory. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Mesolithic, Social relationships, Leaders, Authorities, Prestige, Influence, Dominance, ARCHAEOLOGY, DEFINITION, PERSONHOOD, ATTACHMENT, MONUMENTS, GATHERER, CHILDREN, VIOLENCE, POWER
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2009 13:43
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2014 02:03
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10963-008-9015-x
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7796

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