The Archaeology of Class in Urban America

The Archaeology of Class in Urban America

by Stephen A. Mrozowski
     
 

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ISBN-10: 110740763X

ISBN-13: 9781107407633

Pub. Date: 09/13/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the material dimensions of class formation in eighteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, and nineteenth-century Lowell, Massachusetts. During their economic peaks these cities represented perhaps the purist forms of capitalism in North America. The two cities reveal contrasting portraits of class identity, one based upon the analysis of material

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This book explores the material dimensions of class formation in eighteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, and nineteenth-century Lowell, Massachusetts. During their economic peaks these cities represented perhaps the purist forms of capitalism in North America. The two cities reveal contrasting portraits of class identity, one based upon the analysis of material culture and spatial practices, and one based upon the examination of environmental conditions and health. This ground-breaking study argues that notions of class incorporating variables such as ethnicity and gender were shaped by the shifting ecologies of capitalism itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107407633
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Archaeology
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Individuals in context: the world of eighteenth century Newport; 3. Shifting the focus: archaeology of the urban household; 4. A new world created: nineteenth century Lowell; 5. Interrogating the experiment: Lowell's urban space and culture; 6. Conclusion: contested spaces and the threads of everyday life; 7. Epilogue: towards a dialectical archaeology of class; Appendix A. Isolating and dating archaeological assemblages in the urban context.

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