For one reason or another you have driven on the digital highway and landed hear. As evident by the title, this website address some of the theoretical approaches and perspectives from archaeology, and applies them to the material culture in early American capitalist societies. Now that your eyes are glazed-over, and before you decide to navigate away to something more interesting (perhaps Facebook ),take a moment to continue reading.

The origin of this website is two fold. Fist, it was created to starting point , or jumping off point, to those that are interested in political economy, Marxism, or early American Capitalism.  My second objective was more introspective, as a budding archaeology graduate student about to embark on a thesis of my own, I wanted to really consider how political economy might create and answer research questions concerning a forgotten Florida community — more on that later. So after months of reading archaeology theory both in political economy and other approaches and perspectives, here we are!

The website is organized in a kind of “peace meal” format. I begin by addressing the question of : What the heck is political economy? I then begin to demonstrate how diverse the approach are and how many influential thinkers have approached this subject.  If you could not already tell by the main menu, I discuss how Karl Marxist has influenced this approach and archaeology in general. Specifically how political economy has transformed because of Marxist and what his perspective means for political economy. From Marxist we get three main theories: world- systems theory, neo-Marxism,  and dependably theory. Other Marxist perspectives on American Capitalism have been used to address question in archaeological contexts. Lastly, I take a moment to consider these perspectives and approaches on my own research area and highlight five practitioners of Marxian political economy in the study of early American Society.

For me, theory in archaeology is the intersection of an approach and a perspective. In the case of this website, I am addressing the intersection of political economy and Marxism. However, understanding the relationship between society and economy is not just addressed through Marx but also Durkheim and Bourdieu.

I hope that you enjoy my website and find the topics inside as interesting and thought provoking as I do. Please feel free to contact me by email (cnhunt@mail.usf.edu) or post a comment with any questions or thoughts.


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    March 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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