The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture / Edition 1

The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture / Edition 1

by Jane Eva Baxter, Jane Baxter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0759103321

ISBN-13: 9780759103320

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: AltaMira Press

The study of children and childhood in historical and prehistoric life is an overlooked area of study that Jane Baxter addresses in this brief book. Her timely contribution stresses the importance of studying children as active participants in past cultures, instead of regarding them mainly for their effect on adult life. Using the critical concepts of gender and

Overview

The study of children and childhood in historical and prehistoric life is an overlooked area of study that Jane Baxter addresses in this brief book. Her timely contribution stresses the importance of studying children as active participants in past cultures, instead of regarding them mainly for their effect on adult life. Using the critical concepts of gender and socialization, she develops new theoretical and methodological approaches for the archaeological study of this large but invisible population. Baxter presents examples from the analysis of toys, miniatures, and other objects traditionally associated with children, from the gendered distribution of activity space, from the remains of children-as-apprentices, and from mortuary evidence. Baxter's work will aid archaeologists bring a more nuanced understanding of children's role in the historical and archaeological record.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759103320
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Gender and Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
461,563
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1.The Archaeology of Childhood in Context
Childhood in Anthropology
Childhood in Archaeology
The Importance of an Archaeology of Childhood
Chapter Organization

2. Theorizing Childhood in Archaeology
Introducing the Child's World
Children and Gender: Cultural Categories in Archaeology
Children as Active Participants in the Past
Moving forward: Socialization and the Study of Childhood

3. The Cultural Creation of Childhood: The Idea of Socialization
The Concept of Socialization: An Intergenerational Discourse
Agents of Socialization and the Imparting of Cultural Knowledge
Socialization in the Past
Socialization Across Cultures

4. Socialization and the Material Culture of Childhood
Multiple Meanings and Material Culture
Socialization in the Use of Material Culture: Toys and Playthings
Identifying Toys in Archaeological Contexts
Socialization in the Making of Material Culture: Apprenticeship and Situated Learning
Studying Apprenticeship and Learning in the Archaeological Record

5. Socialization, Behavior, and the Spaces and Places of Childhood
Children as a "Distorting Factor" in the Archaeological Record
Socialization and the Use of Space
Children at Play
Children at Work
Children and Space across Cultures
Children and Space in the Archaeological Record
Socialization, Space and Archaeology of Childhood

6. Socialization, Symbols, and Artistic Representations of Children
Depicting Childhood, Depicting Gender
Children at Work and at Play
Child Rearing and Parenting
Children as Cultural Symbols

7. Socialization, Childhood, and Mortuary Remains
What are we studying when we analyze mortuary remains?
Children as a Category in Mortuary Archaeology
Identifying Age Based Categories through Mortuary Remains
Childhood Health, Nutrition, and Mortality
Children and the Elucidation of Horizontal Social Categories
Children as Indicators of Vertical Social Status
Mortuary Monuments and Representations of Children

8. Themes and Lessons from the Archaeology of Childhood
Socialization, Gender, and the Cultural Construction of Childhood
Casting Children as Actors
Child, Family, Community, Society
All Archaeology is the Archaeology of Childhood
Bibliography
Index

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