World Systems Theory, Core Periphery Interactions and Elite Economic Exchange in Mississippian Societies

  • Robert J. Jeske University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Abstract

World Systems Theory has been one approach used to explain the rise of the Mississippian social and political phenomenon. In this paper it is argued that a hierarchical model of core-periphery interaction does not explain the Cahokianphenomenon, because several crucial clements of such a model cannot be demonstrated to have existed within the Mississippian system. It is suggested that looking at Mississippian society as a differential core-peripheral system may have utility as a framework for including concepts such as gateway communities and interaction spheres previously used to describe the economic interactions between Cahokia and its neighbors.
Published
1996-08-31
How to Cite
Jeske, R. J. (1996). World Systems Theory, Core Periphery Interactions and Elite Economic Exchange in Mississippian Societies. Journal of World-Systems Research, 2(1), 350-377. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.1996.85
Section
Archeological and Anthropological Approaches to World-Systems