The Evolution of Political Economies

Charles Stanish

in Ancient Titicaca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928190 | DOI:
The Evolution of Political Economies

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This chapter examines the evolution of political economies in the ancient Titicaca Basin region. It describes the development of complex political economies in the Titicaca Basin as a process of the strategic decisions of individuals. It suggest that this evolution was the result of the successive renegotiating and reworking of the political and economic relationships between individuals and groups attempting to acquire power, wealth and prestige in a particular historical, cultural, and physical environment.

Keywords: political economies; Titicaca Basin; strategic decisions; political relationships; economic relationships

Chapter.  6748 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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