The Archaeology of Class in Urban America

The Archaeology of Class in Urban America

by Stephen A. Mrozowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 110740763X

ISBN-13: 9781107407633

Pub. Date: 09/13/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

No examination of contemorary urban communities would be complete without the discussion of complete identity. But how did class identity inform the urban communities of yesteryear? Taking Newport, Rhode Island in the eighteenth century and Lowell, Massachusetts in the nineteenth century as case studies, this book explores the material and biological manifestations of…  See more details below

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No examination of contemorary urban communities would be complete without the discussion of complete identity. But how did class identity inform the urban communities of yesteryear? Taking Newport, Rhode Island in the eighteenth century and Lowell, Massachusetts in the nineteenth century as case studies, this book explores the material and biological manifestations of class identity. Both places are studied at a time when they were at the peak of their economic powers and represented some of the purist forms of capitalist production in North America. Stephen Mrozowski uses a combination of documentary research, material culture studies, and environmental archaeology to probe the lives of artisans, merchnts, and mill workers in these urban communities. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to fully examine burgeoning notions of class, he offers new insights into the factors shaping those notions. This study, supported throughout by tables, illustrations, and graphs, is required reading for all students of urban history and historical archaeology.

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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

1Introduction1
2Individuals in context : the world of eighteenth-century Newport19
3Shifting the focus : archaeology of the urban household37
4A new world created : nineteenth-century Lowell63
5Interrogating the experiment : Lowell's urban space and culture97
6Conclusion : contested spaces and the threads of everyday life141
7Epilogue : toward a dialectical archaeology of class157
AppIsolating and dating household assemblages in the urban context161

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