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Meaning and Ideology in Historical Archaeology: Style, Social Identity, and Capitalism in an Australian Town
     

Meaning and Ideology in Historical Archaeology: Style, Social Identity, and Capitalism in an Australian Town

by Robert Paynter (Foreword by), Heather Burke
 

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Focusing on the city of Armidale during the period 1830 to 1930, this book investigates the relationship between the development of capitalism in a particular region (New England, Australia) and the expression of ideology within architectural style. The author analyzes how style encodes meaning and how it relates to the social contexts and relationships within

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Focusing on the city of Armidale during the period 1830 to 1930, this book investigates the relationship between the development of capitalism in a particular region (New England, Australia) and the expression of ideology within architectural style. The author analyzes how style encodes meaning and how it relates to the social contexts and relationships within capitalism, which in turn are related to the construction of ideology over time.

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'The study of capitalism challenges archaeologists and thus it is impressive when a scholar succesfully rises to this challenge. Meaning and Ideology in Historical Archaeology meets this challenge and should be read by any scholar interested in understanding capitalism.'
American Antiquity, 66:1 (2001)
'Heather Burke has produced a very important, perhaps landmark study using archaeological evidence to interpret and understand the evolving boundaries of class and status in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I recommend this book to all historical archaeologists interested in issues of class structure, ideology, material culture or reading building fabric.'
Australasian Historical Archaeology, 18 (2000)
'This volume is a welcome addition to the study of architecture from archaeological perspective ... this body of data from the rural city of Armidale will provide useful comparative material for similar studies undertaken in other former British colonies, for example, in the United States and South Africa. '
Historical Archaeology, 35:2 (2001)
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Burke (anthropology, U. of New England, Australia) develops a set of definitions for capitalism and ideology which he uses to explain the expression of ideological information, such as class consciousness, in architectural styles. She then addresses the issues of how style encodes meaning, and ultimately, how style might be related to the social contexts and relationships within capitalism. She uses the town of Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, as a case study to explain the links she has discovered among capitalism, style, identity, and ideology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461371595
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1999
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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