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The Social Dynamics of Technology - Practice, Politics and World Views

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Challenging the conventional distinction between the anthropologist's focus on people and the archaeologist's focus on objects, this book's eight contributors explore how technology from prehistoric to modern times has expressed, reproduced or contested everyday social practices and culture-bound beliefs. Essays by sociocultural anthropologists, historians, ethnoarchaeologists and prehistoric archaeologists detail how practice, politics and world views fundamentally shape a universal human activity - the production of "tools" - that can no longer be defined only by material qualities or understood solely in terms of practical reason. Exploring such topics as iron work among the 20th-century Toro of East Africa, the organization of rooms for household servants in 17th- and 18th-century New England, metal breaking in late prehistoric Spain, and bone tool production at the Russian "Colony Ross" on the northern California coast, the contributors merge methodological and theoretical advances derived from the French traditional "chaine operatoire" research with Anglo-American "life-history" analyses. Stressing the dynamic interplay of material culture, social practice and symbols, the contributors examine the ever-changing relationship between technology and the making of culture.

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Author(s):
Dobres, Marcia-Anne; Hoffman, Christopher
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.6 x 23.5 x 2 cm
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1560989092
ISBN-13:
9781560989097
Number of pages:
240
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press

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Very good like new condition with little to no wear. Internally clean and bright.

Challenging the conventional distinction between the anthropologist's focus on people and the archaeologist's focus on objects, this book's eight contributors explore how technology from prehistoric to modern times has expressed, reproduced or contested everyday social practices and culture-bound beliefs. Essays by sociocultural anthropologists, historians, ethnoarchaeologists and prehistoric archaeologists detail how practice, politics and world views fundamentally shape a universal human activity - the production of "tools" - that can no longer be defined only by material qualities or understood solely in terms of practical reason. Exploring such topics as iron work among the 20th-century Toro of East Africa, the organization of rooms for household servants in 17th- and 18th-century New England, metal breaking in late prehistoric Spain, and bone tool production at the Russian "Colony Ross" on the northern California coast, the contributors merge methodological and theoretical advances derived from the French traditional "chaine operatoire" research with Anglo-American "life-history" analyses. Stressing the dynamic interplay of material culture, social practice and symbols, the contributors examine the ever-changing relationship between technology and the making of culture.

Author(s):
Dobres, Marcia-Anne; Hoffman, Christopher
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.6 x 23.5 x 2 cm
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1560989092
ISBN-13:
9781560989097
Number of pages:
240
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press

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