Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships Between Humans and Things

Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships Between Humans and Things

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by Ian Hodder
     
 

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There has been a much-charted journey of the social sciences and humanities into the study of material culture in recent decades. In general these narratives continue a mostly human-centered perspective on history, and so have missed the importance of the ways in which material things draw us in, direct and define us.

In his new book, influential archaeologist

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Overview

There has been a much-charted journey of the social sciences and humanities into the study of material culture in recent decades. In general these narratives continue a mostly human-centered perspective on history, and so have missed the importance of the ways in which material things draw us in, direct and define us.

In his new book, influential archaeologist Ian Hodder discusses our human “entanglements” with material things, and how archaeological evidence can help us to understand the direction of human social and technological change.

Using examples drawn from the early farming villages of the Middle East as well as from our daily lives in the modern world, Hodder shows how things can and do entrap humans and societies into the maintenance and sustaining of material worlds. The earliest agricultural innovations, the phenomena of population increase, settlement stability, domestication of plants and animals can all be seen as elaborations of a general process by which humans were drawn into the lives of things.

Using evolutionary theory, and ideas from archaeology and related disciplines, Hodder shows how the co-dependencies of humans and things are the hidden drivers of human progress.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Entangledmay be Ian Hodder’s most theoretically ecumenical book to date. The discussion of the various current approaches being used in archaeology, anthropology, and many other disciplines makes this an extremely valuable work . . . “Hodder has written a tremendously useful addition to the literature on the relationship of people and things that deserves close reading.”  (Current Anthropology, 1 August 2013)

“Ian Hodder has written an extremely interesting, rigorously argued and intellectually adventurous book about the nature of things. . . Readers working across the social sciences and humanities, and particularly those working at the intersection of the physical and human sciences, will find the messy openness of Hodder’s book vibrant and compelling.”  (Critical Quarterly, 2 July 2013)

“Summing Up: Recommended.  Graduate students, faculty, professionals.”  (Choice, 1 May 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470672129
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
757,458
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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“The quantity and diversity of Hodder's readings are simply astonishing. His new conception of material entanglements is going to change the way archaeologists understand their field.”
- Norman Yoffee, University of Michigan

“Entangled is nothing less than a reframing of archaeological enquiry into things.  It is a fundamental, first-principles rethinking of how archaeologists should understand the world around them.”
- Matthew H. Johnson, Northwestern University

"This book is a provocative and exciting contribution to archaeological theory and beyond. Its central thesis is that entanglement is both a condition of being in the world and a process of linking entities together in networks or assemblages.  In charting a course across material, social, and evolutionary domains, it provides a novel way of bridging the Great Divide between the social and natural sciences."
- Bob Preucel, University of Pennsylvania

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