Social Being and Time / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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The nature of time is one of the continuing mysteries of humanlife. This is of particular relevance to archaeology with itsunique focus on the social development of the human species fromits origins to the present.Christopher Gosden probes the way in which the rhythms of sociallife derive from our involvement in the world, particularly asthose rhythms unfold over many thousands of years. The authorargues that time is created through the social use of materialthings such as landscapes, settlements and monuments, andillustrates this with case studies drawn from Europe and thePacific.The book provides a theory of social change and social being as thebasis for understanding social formations over long periods oftime. In developing this theory the author surveys ideas on humanaction and time as these have evolved over the last two centuries.Although the theory is designed and presented here to be ofpractical use in interpreting archaeological data - exemplifiedhere in case studies - the broad scope of the book will ensure itsinterest to all concerned with the interactions between people andthe material world.
About the Author
Christopher Gosden researched Iron Age pottery production and exchange in central Europe before moving to the Australian National University as a Visiting Fellow in 1984, when he began a seven-year research project in Papua New Guinea. He is currently Lecturer in Archaeology at La Trobe University, and involved with a programme of research into the material culture of the Neolithic in Turkmenia.
Table of Contents
1. About Time.
2. Understanding Long-Term Social Change.
3. Meaning, Mind and Matter.
4. Towards a Social Ontology.
5. Concepts of Being.
6. Problems of History and Meaning.
7. Species Being: The Very Long Term.
8. Final Thoughts.