Kirby Elizabeth Farah


My dissertation examines the production and expression of elite identity through domestic spatial practices at the Postclassic site of Xaltocan, Mexico. Drawing on practice theory, space/place theories, and theories of class and identity, my research uses “the house” as a lens to explore how elites formed and negotiated dual identities as local leaders and as members of a regional elite class. It also reevaluates the significance of class at regional centers in the Basin of Mexico by comparing the data I have collected from elite residences with the large corpus of data gleaned from commoner houses and other commoner production spaces at Xaltocan.