Organizational Change and Intellectual Production: The Case Study of Hohokam Archaeology

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Title:
Organizational Change and Intellectual Production: The Case Study of Hohokam Archaeology
Author:
Harris, Cory
Issue Date:
2006
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Histories of archaeology increasingly focus on the role that the social context of the discipline plays in shaping its intellectual production. Of particular importance in the social context of American archaeology during the last half of the 20th century is the development of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) archaeology. The coalescence of the CRM industry has transformed archaeology--providing new sources of support, mandating new goals, and placing practitioners into newly emergent organizational environments. Drawing upon theory in the sociology of science, this project examines the case study of the recent history of Hohokam--archaeological label for the agricultural people of southern Arizona--archaeology, which has been shaped by CRM more than any other region in the United States. According to sociological expectations, such a dramatic change in the social setting of the discipline should be reflected in its intellectual production.This dissertation documents patterns of intellectual production within Hohokam archaeology over the past century through both qualitative and quantitative means. In addition to providing a recent historical account of the region's archaeological community, this project utilizes a range of citation analyses to elucidate patterns in a manner relatively independent of subjective assessments of the character of Hohokam discourse.The analyses suggest that the changing organizational structure of Hohokam archaeology has impacted its basic intellectual structure. Changing patterns evident in both academic and CRM publications parallel reconfigurations in the social context of the region's archaeology. These findings offer substance for discussions of how archaeology should conduct itself in the face of changing organizational environments to ensure that the discipline continues to achieve its primary goal--the construction of knowledge about the past--in productive and intellectually rewarding ways.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Anthropology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Reid, J. Jefferson
Committee Chair:
Reid, J. Jefferson

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dc.titleOrganizational Change and Intellectual Production: The Case Study of Hohokam Archaeologyen_US
dc.creatorHarris, Coryen_US
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Coryen_US
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractHistories of archaeology increasingly focus on the role that the social context of the discipline plays in shaping its intellectual production. Of particular importance in the social context of American archaeology during the last half of the 20th century is the development of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) archaeology. The coalescence of the CRM industry has transformed archaeology--providing new sources of support, mandating new goals, and placing practitioners into newly emergent organizational environments. Drawing upon theory in the sociology of science, this project examines the case study of the recent history of Hohokam--archaeological label for the agricultural people of southern Arizona--archaeology, which has been shaped by CRM more than any other region in the United States. According to sociological expectations, such a dramatic change in the social setting of the discipline should be reflected in its intellectual production.This dissertation documents patterns of intellectual production within Hohokam archaeology over the past century through both qualitative and quantitative means. In addition to providing a recent historical account of the region's archaeological community, this project utilizes a range of citation analyses to elucidate patterns in a manner relatively independent of subjective assessments of the character of Hohokam discourse.The analyses suggest that the changing organizational structure of Hohokam archaeology has impacted its basic intellectual structure. Changing patterns evident in both academic and CRM publications parallel reconfigurations in the social context of the region's archaeology. These findings offer substance for discussions of how archaeology should conduct itself in the face of changing organizational environments to ensure that the discipline continues to achieve its primary goal--the construction of knowledge about the past--in productive and intellectually rewarding ways.en_US
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thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
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dc.contributor.advisorReid, J. Jeffersonen_US
dc.contributor.chairReid, J. Jeffersonen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCroissant, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFish, Paulen_US
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