Dwelling, Identity, and the Maya offers a new perspective on the ancient Maya that emphasizes the importance of dwelling as a social practice. Contrary to contemporary notions of the self as individual and independent, the identities of the ancient Maya grew from their everyday relations and interactions with other people, the houses and temples they built, and the objects they created, exchanged, cherished, and left behind. Using excavations of ancient Chunchucmil as a case study, it investigates how Maya personhood was structured and transformed in and beyond the domestic sphere and examines the role of the past in the production of contemporary Maya identity.
About the Author
Scott R. Hutson is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky. He has been co-director of the Chunchucmil project since 2004 and is currently directing the Ucí-Cansahcab Sacbe project.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Conceptual Frameworks for Relational Subjects Chapter 3. Background on Chunchucmil Chapter 4. Personal Interactions: Gender, Age, Status, and Food Chapter 5. Materiality: Knowledge, Biography and the Social Life of Things Chapter 6. Moving Encounters: Circulation, Monumentality and Embodiment Chapter 7. Being and Mayaness: The Past in the Production of Contemporary Identity Chapter 8. Conclusion