Archaeological Theory Today / Edition 1

Archaeological Theory Today / Edition 1

by Ian Hodder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745622682

ISBN-13: 9780745622682

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Wiley

This volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over the last decade. It summarizes recent developments and looks to the future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the discipline.

While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would

…  See more details below

Overview

This volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over the last decade. It summarizes recent developments and looks to the future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the discipline.

While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would still argue for a unified disciplinary approach, few volumes have explored the full range of emerging perspectives. This volume, however, captures the diversity of contemporary archaeological theory. Some authors argue for an approach close to the natural sciences, others for an engagement with cultural debate about representation of the past. Some minimize the relevance of culture to societal change, while others see it as central; some focus on the contingent and the local, others on long-term evolution.

The volume also reflects archaeology's new openness to external influences, as well as the desire to contribute to wider debates. The contributors examine ways in which archaeological evidence contributes to theories of evolutionary psychology, as well as to the social sciences in general, where theories of social relationships, agency, landscape and identity are informed by the long-term perspective of archaeology.

Archaeological Theory Today will be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology and in the social sciences more generally.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745622682
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
1Introduction: A Review of Contemporary Theoretical Debates in Archaeology1
2Behavioral Archaeology: Toward a New Synthesis14
3Evolutionary Archaeology65
4Archaeological Theory and Theories of Cognitive Evolution98
5Symbol before Concept: Material Engagement and the Early Development of Society122
6Agency, the Duality of Structure, and the Problem of the Archaeological Record141
7Archaeologies of Place and Landscape165
8Archaeologies of Identity187
9American Material Culture in Mind, Thought, and Deed214
10Postcolonial Archaeology: Issues of Culture, Identity, and Knowledge241
11Archaeological Representation: The Visual Conventions for Constructing Knowledge about the Past262
12Culture/Archaeology: The Dispersion of a Discipline and its Objects284
Index306

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >