Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things

Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things

by Ian Hodder
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StoneMirror More than 1 year ago
This theoretical book is a jargon-free and very readable account of an emerging approach to the complexity of human culture. Indeed, it contains passages of real poetry. Entanglement is an approach to the ways humans and things are connected with and depend upon each other. A "tanglegram" shows how clay, bricks, food, wild animals, baskets, paints, weeds, storage rooms, ovens, and a myriad other "things" (including beliefs, ideologies, stories and other non-material objects) are connected through human manufacture, use, and disposal, and how they depend on one another. This is a promising approach to research, ripe for quantification and rigorous analysis, but for the lay reader the book offers a new way of thinking about the messy nature of our civilization, and offers a good explanation why we cannot go back to a simpler way of life. We are simply too entangled to back out, and have a tendency to try fixing things rather than get rid of them. Of course this just increases the entanglement. Dr. Hodder directs a long-term archaeological project at Çatalhöyük, a UNESCO heritage site in central Turkey. Archaeology is the science (and art) of uncovering and examining the things people leave behind, and deducing from them how they lived and what they believed. Entanglement is a powerful addition to our understanding.
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