Life beyond the Boundaries

Constructing Identity in Edge Regions of the North American Southwest

edited by Karen G. Harry and Sarah Herr

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“The volume fills a niche in ‘edge’ or ‘periphery’ research. . . . An enormous contribution to the profession.”

—Katherine Spielmann, Arizona State University

“This volume is an engaging and interesting opening to conversations about edge-regions in the archaeology of the North American Southwest that portray the region as even more dynamic than has historically been considered.”
Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology

"This provocative volume is delightfully disruptive because it challenges archaeological investigations of identity epistemologically and methodologically. With these robust studies as a foundation, importantly, future inquiries are positioned to produce ever more surprising interpretations of the causes and consequences of identity formation across the Southwest’s expansive hinterlands."
Journal of Anthropoligical Research

"This volume successfully addresses understudied areas and contributes to our understanding of low-populated and decentralized regions."
—Southwestern Lore 

"This volume amply repays the time spent reading it. It is recommended for those interested in archaeology outside the Southwest core areas, and for all who hopeto understand the region as a whole."
—New Mexico Historical Review


Life beyond the Boundaries explores identity formation on the edges of the ancient Southwest. Focusing on some of the more poorly understood regions, including the Jornada Mogollon, the Gallina, and the Pimería Alta, the authors use methods drawn from material culture science, anthropology, and history to investigate themes related to the construction of social identity along the perimeters of the American Southwest.

Through an archaeological lens, the volume examines the social experiences of people who lived in edge regions. Through mobility and the development of extensive social networks, people living in these areas were introduced to the ideas and practices of other cultural groups. As their spatial distances from core areas increased, the degree to which they participated in the economic, social, political, and ritual practices of ancestral core areas increasingly varied. As a result, the social identities of people living in edge zones were often—though not always—fluid and situational.

Drawing on an increase of available information and bringing new attention to understudied areas, the book will be of interest to scholars of Southwestern archaeology and other researchers interested in the archaeology of low-populated and decentralized regions and identity formation. Life beyond the Boundaries considers the various roles that edge regions played in local and regional trajectories of the prehistoric and protohistoric Southwest and how place influenced the development of social identity. 

Contributors: Lewis Borck, Dale S. Brenneman, Jeffery J. Clark, Severin Fowles, Patricia A. Gilman, Lauren E. Jelinek, Myles R. Miller, Barbara J. Mills, Matthew A. Peeples, Kellam Throgmorton, James T. Watson


Karen G. Harry is professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has authored or coauthored two books and regularly publishes in peer-reviewed books and journals. Her ongoing field research focuses on Virgin Branch Puebloan settlements on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

Sarah A. Herr is president of Desert Archaeology Inc. in Arizona and editor of the Society for American Archaeology journal Advances in Archaeological Practice. Her research interests include population mobility, the development of frontiers, ceramic analysis, and the history, practice, and ethics of archaeology.

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  • Hardcover Price: $85.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-666-3
  • Ebook Price: $68.00
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $34.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-696-0
  • Publication Month: April
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Pages: 356
  • Illustrations: 53 black and white photographs, drawings, tables, and maps
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Karen G. Harry and Sarah Herr
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-666-3
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