Agency in Archaeology

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Marcia-Anne Dobres, John E. Robb
Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 271 pages
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Agency in Archaeology is the first critical volume to scrutinise the concept of agency and to examine in-depth its potential to inform our understanding of the past. Theories of agency recognise that human beings make choices, hold intentions and take action. This offers archaeologists scope to move beyond looking at broad structural or environmental change and instead to consider the individual and the group
Agency in Archaeology brings together nineteen internationally renowned scholars who have very different, and often conflicting, stances on the meaning and use of agency theory to archaeology. The volume is composed of five theoretically-based discussions and nine case studies, drawing on regions from North America and Mesoamerica to Western and central Europe, and ranging in subject from the late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers to the restructuring of gender relations in the north-eastern US.
  

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Contents

paradigm or platitude?
3
Tables
9
PART
13
Agency and individuals in longterm processes
21
Figures
28
Troubled travels in agency and feminism
34
Agency in spite of matetial culture
40
Rationality and contexts in agency theory
51
regional disttibution of sites of Stallings cultural affiliation
154
social practices and the subversion
169
human agency and matetial
196
manufacture of Solutrean shouldered points
206
Selfmade men and the staging of agency
213
agency and resistance in Ametican
232
house within Harpers Ferty
238
ca 182130 and 183050
239

A thesis on agency
61
sacted propositions
71
The depositional history of titual and power
130
Agents of change in huntergatherer technology
148
agency studies as a research
249
Index
264
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Marcia-Anne Dobres is a Research Associate at the Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley John Robb, a lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton

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