The Materiality of Individuality: Archaeological Studies of Individual Lives / Edition 1

The Materiality of Individuality: Archaeological Studies of Individual Lives / Edition 1

by Carolyn L. White
     
 

The Materiality of Individuality: Archaeological Studies of Individual Lived

Edited by Carolyn L. White, University of Nevada - Reno The Materiality of Individuality explores the complex interactions between people and objects in the past, offering a fresh approach to the intricate relationships between material culture and individual lives. Gathering

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The Materiality of Individuality: Archaeological Studies of Individual Lived

Edited by Carolyn L. White, University of Nevada - Reno The Materiality of Individuality explores the complex interactions between people and objects in the past, offering a fresh approach to the intricate relationships between material culture and individual lives. Gathering together the most recent thinking of both established and emerging scholars, it is one of the first volumes to inspect individuality and materiality from an archaeological perspective. The case studies demonstrate the importance of the approach, linking materiality to the diverse realms of identity, embodiment and corporeality, daily practices, episodic events, and social networks; at the same time, they consider the articulation of the individual with broader cultural patterns and structures.

The volume is organized into three themes: the examination of individuality in collective spaces; the analysis of individual people through the lens of personal objects; and the impact of individuality on site-level analyses. The contributions deliver a combination of theoretical sophistication and rootedness in materials analysis; and their geographical scope ranges broadly, encompassing materials from North America, Europe, and the Pacific. Beads, trench art, toothpicks, shoes, cilices, brooches, stoneware ginger beer bottles, ceramics, and lime plaster open up new avenues in the exploration of individual lives. The analyses tendered in this volume will not only inspire scholars and students of archaeology, but will also appeal to anthropologists, social historians, material culture specialists, museum curators, and art historians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441904973
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
08/24/2009
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Material Lives of Individual People 1. Material Expressions of French Identity on the Edge of Empire at Eighteenth-Century Fort St. Joseph, Michael Nassaney and José António Brandão 2. Mission Santa Catalina’s Mondadiente de Plata: The Intersection of Personal Hygiene and Identity Formation in Spanish Colonial Georgia, Jessica Striebel MacLean 3. Single Shoes and Individual Lives: Working Class Bostonians and The Mill Creek Shoe Project, Carolyn L. White 4. Microhistories and Madames in Colonial and Antebellum New Orleans, Shannon Lee Dawdy 5. Working Out Their Differences in the 17th-Century Chesapeake, Julia A. King 6. Material Manipulations: Beads and Cloth in the French Colonies, Diana DePaolo Loren 7. Consuming Individuality: Collective Identity along the Color Line, Paul R. Mullins 8. Beyond Consumption: Character Ideals, Social Relationships, and Material Culture in the Shaping of Identity, Christa M. Beranek 9. Bodkin Biographies, Mary C. Beaudry 10. Folk Housing in the Middle of the Pacific: Architectural Lime, Creolized Ideologies, and Expressions of Power in 19th-century Hawaii, Peter R. Mills 11. Connecting Past Individuals: The Buicchi Brothers, Nigel Jeffries 12. Widow Pratt's Possessions: Archaeology of a Newport, Rhode Island, Household, ca. 1720-1750, Christina J. Hodge 13. Thinking About Individual Lives, Rebecca Yamin

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