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The Social building of groups examines formation of historic groups within the Southwest, focusing in particular at the primary theoretical ideas of constitution, supplier, and id development.
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Identities are memberships of similarity and difference, and they define us as belonging to certain groups and not to others. Moreover, this type of social categorization requires recurrent and active engagement. One’s identity, and the groups one belongs to, is never fixed but, rather, is continually negotiated. It is thus a large constituent of any individual’s decision-making and behavioral repertoire and, ultimately, of the material culture they create, manipulate, interact with, and leave behind.
It is thus a large constituent of any individual’s decision-making and behavioral repertoire and, ultimately, of the material culture they create, manipulate, interact with, and leave behind. Indeed, the objects people use and the ways they use them define who they are and their place in the world. Material culture is therefore integral to the construction of the self and the creation of social relationships, and it can be strategically employed to define the essence of particular social groups.
With just under eighty sites excavated in Ridges Basin and on Blue Mesa, this project yielded one of the most comprehensive data sets to date on the origins of village life in the northern Southwest. Most significantly, it has brought to light, for the first time, the important role that identity construction (and destruction) played in the formation and dissolution of the earliest villages. 1). Substantial prehispanic occupation of this area occurred during two distinct periods (Potter and Chuipka 2007).