Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

De colapsos y continuidades. Una valoración conceptual del estudio de sociedades en transición

Selina Delgado Raack, Martí Rosas Casals


The process of studying social or natural phenomena requires specific analytical
categories that serve as tools to describe reality. One of the commonly used
categories among the literature is collapse. This article has two main objectives
that converge on the intention to refine the definition of the term: (1) a review of its
use through the literature dealing with specific instances of past societies whose
fate has been directly related to this phenomenon and (2), presents the case study
of the collapse of the argaric society, located in southeastern Spain. We carried
out an exercise of correspondence between the aspects highlighted in the case
study and the features postulated in the literature about the concept of collapse.

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