David Graeber (anthropologist and author) turned me on to an interesting line of study: cultures that have split off from larger civilizations found in the Americas, such as people rejecting and splitting off from Cahokia and other Mississipian mound builders. Does anyone have additional resources on this? On Graeber’s twitter account someone recommended Jonathan Hill, “History, Power, and Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Americas, 1482-1992.” I just requested it from my library.
Graeber also explains that all cultures are essentially rejecting other cultures (he echoes Marcel Mauss on this). Anyone have more information on Marcel Mauss and where he claimed that?