Companion to Social Archaeology by Lynn Meskell, Robert W. Preucel

By Lynn Meskell, Robert W. Preucel

The better half to Social Archaeology is the 1st scholarly paintings to discover the come upon of social conception and archaeology over the last twenty years.

  • Grouped into 4 sections - Knowledges, Identities, areas, and Politics - every one of that is prefaced with a assessment essay that contextualizes the historical past and advancements in social archaeology and similar fields.
  • Draws jointly more recent developments which are tough confirmed methods of realizing the earlier.
  • Includes contributions via best students who instigated significant theoretical trends.

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An Historical Perspective It has long been recognized that the archaeology of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe and North America was primarily concerned with documenting culture-historical sequences and influences. In the United States these interests were intimately tied to the way in which cultural anthropology as a whole developed through the Boasian school and the codification of the four-field approach. In Britain and Europe, the concern with cultural definition grew out of the closer links between archaeology and history and the Classical world.

The development of this perspective was heavily influenced by the ‘‘practice’’ or ‘‘action’’ theories of social forms as developed by Bourdieu (1977) and Giddens (1979). , especially Kristiansen 1984) and in historical archaeology in the United States (Leone 1982). These two ideas reinforce the pervasiveness of the social and they lie behind many of the later developments in the various approaches termed postprocessual archaeology. The underlying context for this shift toward a fuller recognition of radical cultural difference (differences in social meaning of material culture), and for the view that material culture is active, rather than passive, together with the shift from positivism, was the various economic, social, and cultural changes described by the term globalism (see above).

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