Performances of Imposed Status: Captivity at Cahokia

Kathryn M. Koziol

in The Bioarchaeology of Violence

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041506
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043876 | DOI:
Performances of Imposed Status: Captivity at Cahokia

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In the last several decades archaeological and bioarchaeological research has shown that captivity and slavery are found among many past human societies. The treatment of captives, however, varies greatly from society to society and even within the same society. Kathryn M. Koziol reveals social and political relationships among people and how those relationships are related to the rights and obligations of captives. The chapter emphasizes the cultural, historical, and ideological factors that are responsible for differences evident on the human remains from Cahokia. Understanding violence is not simply identifying trauma, but instead involves recognition that violence is part of the cosmology and the performance of social relationships.

Keywords: Captivity; Social inequality; Ideology; Structural violence; Cahokia; Performance

Chapter.  9343 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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