Household Chores and Household Choices: Theorizing the Domestic Sphere in Historical Archaeology

Household Chores and Household Choices: Theorizing the Domestic Sphere in Historical Archaeology

by Kerri Saige Barile
     
 

Because archaeology seeks to understand past societies, the concepts of "home," "house," and "household" are important. Yet they can be the most elusive of ideas. Are they the space occupied by a nuclear family or by an extended one? Is it a built structure or the sum of its contents? Is it a shelter against the elements, a gendered

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Overview

Because archaeology seeks to understand past societies, the concepts of "home," "house," and "household" are important. Yet they can be the most elusive of ideas. Are they the space occupied by a nuclear family or by an extended one? Is it a built structure or the sum of its contents? Is it a shelter against the elements, a gendered space, or an ephemeral place tied to emotion? We somehow believe that the household is a basic unit of culture but have failed to develop a theory for understanding the diversity of households in the historic (and prehistoric) periods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817313951
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Introduction : household chores; or, the chore of defining the household1
2Analysis of household and family at a Spanish colonial Rancho along the Rio Grande15
3A space of our own : redefining the enslaved household at Andrew Jackson's hermitage plantation33
4Separate kitchens and intimate archaeology : constructing urban slavery on the Antebellum cotton frontier in Washington, Arkansas51
5"Living symbols of their lifelong struggles" : in search of the home and household in the heart of Freedman's town, Dallas, Texas75
6Finding the space between spatial boundaries and social dynamics : the archaeology of nested households109
7Hegemony within the household; the perspective from a South Carolina plantation121
8A historic pay-for-housework community household : the Cambridge Cooperative Housekeeping Society138
9Fictive kin in the mountains : the paternalistic metaphor and households in a California logging camp159
10The ethnohistory and archaeology of Nuevo Santander Rancho households179
11Reconstructing domesticity and segregating households : the intersections of gender and race in the Postbellum South197
12Working-class households as sites of social change210
13What difference does feminist theory make in researching households? A commentary235
14Doing the housework : new approaches to the archaeology of households254

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