Technology and Social Agency: Outlining a Practice Framework for Archaeology / Edition 1

Technology and Social Agency: Outlining a Practice Framework for Archaeology / Edition 1

by Marcia-Anne Dobres
     
 

The book presents a new conceptual framework and a set of research principles with which to study and interpret technology from a phenomenological perspective. The author is explicitly concerned with studying ancient technological practices but the general concept of technology forms the centrepiece of discussion and is defined as an explicitly social, symbolic,

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The book presents a new conceptual framework and a set of research principles with which to study and interpret technology from a phenomenological perspective. The author is explicitly concerned with studying ancient technological practices but the general concept of technology forms the centrepiece of discussion and is defined as an explicitly social, symbolic, and embodied endeavour that simultaneously brings into being both human agents and their material world.

Dobres argues that, for ancient technologies and products to be fully understood, we need to appreciate the historically constituted ways in which social agency, technical knowledge and the gestural acts of artefact production and use were socially meaningful and, thus, politically charged.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577181248
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/10/2008
Series:
Social Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Of Black Boxes and Matters Material: The State of Things.

2. Deconstructing the Black Box: Some Philosophical and Historical Reflections on the Logos Tekhne.

3. Prying Open the Black Box: Philosophical Insights on Technology and Being.

4. A Synoptic Approach to Technology: Conceptual Contours of a Practice Framework.

5. Social Agency and Practice: The Heart and Soul of Technology.

6. Engendering the Chaine Operatoire: Methodological Issues.

7. A Future for Technology's Pasts.

Notes.

References.

Index.

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