Archaeological Theory Today / Edition 1

Archaeological Theory Today / Edition 1

by Ian Hodder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745622690

ISBN-13: 9780745622699

Pub. Date: 05/03/2001

Publisher: Wiley

Now in a revised and updated second edition, this volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over recent decades. It summarizes the latest developments in the field and looks to its future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the

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Now in a revised and updated second edition, this volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over recent decades. It summarizes the latest developments in the field and looks to its future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the discipline.

The volume 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. While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would today argue for a unified disciplinary approach, the authors in this volume increasingly see links and convergences between their perspectives.

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.

The new edition of Archaeological Theory Today will continue to be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology and in the social sciences more generally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745622699
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/03/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(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

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