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Open Archeology: Communities United: Linking Archaeological Record and Conceptual Approaches on Social Cohesion

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Laura Dietrich, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, Germany 
Agnė Čivilytė, Lietuvos istorijos institutas, Archeologijos skyrius, Vilnius, Lithuania



Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for the Topical Issue on Communities United: Linking Archaeological Record and Conceptual Approaches on Social Cohesion

The theory of “social cohesion” is one of the core concepts in macro-sociology and social psychology, and its definitions are multiple. In its core meaning cohesion is related to the formation of groups and social bounds, resulting in groups sticking together. The modern idea of social cohesion implies solidarity as well as inclusion and social integration. Social cohesion would thus imply a set of social processes that lead to developing a sense of belonging in a community. In archaeology, this concept has been predominantly related to commensality and the action of feasting; the latter is often seen as a major social strategy in creating cohesion. Other utilizations of the term of “social cohesion” in archaeology include its use as a contrary to social differentiation, or to intra- and inter-group conflicts. The publication includes contributions which try to define “social cohesion” based on specific archaeological finds that could reflect possible mechanisms of community formation from the Neolithic to the End of the Bronze Age, as well as limitations in using this concept in archaeology. The analysis should be related specifically to the social strategies involved in the formation of social cohesion and not just to group identities. 



The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/opar/

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to Topical Issue on Communities United: Linking Archaeological Record and Conceptual Approaches on Social Cohesion.

Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, which are located at http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006560_Instructions_for_Authors.pdf 

All papers will go through the Open Archaeology high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure. 

We are looking forward to your submission up to 31 May 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Dietrich at laura.dietrich@dainst.de and Agnė Čivilytė at civilytea@gmail.com or Katarzyna Michalak at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyteropen.com 

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