Children and Material Culture

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This is the first book to focus entirely on children and material culture. The contributors ask:
* what is the relationship between children and the material world?
* how does the material culture of children vary across time and space?
* how can we access the actions and identities of children in the material record?
The collection spans the Palaeolithic to the late twentieth century, and uses data from across Europe, Scandinavia, the Americas and Asia. The international contributors are from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, cultural and biological anthropology, psychology and museum studies. All skilfully integrate theory and data to illustrate fully the significance and potential of studying children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415188982
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Pt. I Theoretical perspectives 1
Ch. 1 Material culture shock: confronting expectations in the material culture of children 3
Ch. 2 The world of children 17
Pt. II Representing and perceiving children 27
Ch. 3 Footprints in the clay: Upper Palaeolithic children in ritual, and secular contexts 29
Ch. 4 The social status and artistic presentation of 'adolescence' in fifth century Athens 39
Pt. III The transmission of knowledge 51
Ch. 5 Biface flintknapping: relating material culture and social practice in the Upper Palaeolithic 53
Ch. 6 Children, material culture and weaving: historical change and developmental change 72
Pt. IV Childhood lives 87
Ch. 7 Neanderthal cognitive life history and its implications for material culture 89
Ch. 8 Not merely child's play: creating a historical archaeology of children and childhood 100
Pt. V Children and relationships 115
Ch. 9 Construction of the individual, among North European forager-gatherer-hunters in the Early and Mid-Holocene 117
Ch. 10 Children, gender and the material culture of domestic abandonment in the late twentieth century 131
Pt. VI Geographies of children 139
Ch. 11 The child as a node of past, present and future 141
Ch. 12 Child burials in ancient Athens 151
Pt. VII Children and value 167
Ch. 13 Children, grave goods and social, status in Early Anglo-Saxon England 169
Ch. 14 The archaeology and history of infanticide, and its occurrence in earlier British populations 180
Pt. VIII Demography and growth of children 191
Ch. 15 Interpretation of the growth of past populations 193
Ch. 16 Minor concerns: a demographic perspective on children in past societies 206
Name index 213
Subject index 219
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