Entangled An Archaeology of the Relationships Between Humans and Things

ISBN-10: 0470672129
ISBN-13: 9780470672129
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ian Hodder
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List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A powerful and innovative argument that explores the complexity of the human relationship with material things, demonstrating how humans and societies are entrapped into the maintenance and sustaining of material worldsArgues that the interrelationship of humans and things is a defining characteristic of human history and cultureOffers a nuanced argument that values the physical processes of things without succumbing to materialismDiscusses historical and modern examples, using evolutionary theory to show how long-standing entanglements are irreversible and increase in scale and complexity over timeIntegrates aspects of a diverse array of contemporary theories in archaeology and related natural and biological sciencesProvides a critical review of many of the key contemporary perspectives from materiality, material culture studies and phenomenology to evolutionary theory, behavioral archaeology, cognitive archaeology, human behavioral ecology, Actor Network Theory and complexity theory

Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. He has been Director of the Catalhoyuk Research Project since 1993.

Epigraph
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Thinking About Things Differently
Approaches to Things
Themes About Things
Things are Not Isolated
Things are Not Inert
Things Endure over Different Temporalities
Things Often Appear as Non-things
The Forgetness of Things
What Is a Thing?
Humans and Things
Knowing Things
Conclusion: The Objectness of Things
Humans Depend on Things
Dependence: Some Introductory Concepts
Forms of Dependence
Reflective and Non-reflective Relationships with Things
Going Towards and Away From Things
Identification and Ownership
Approaches to the Human Dependence On Things
Being There with Things
Material Culture and Materiality
Cognition and the Extended Mind
Conclusion: Things R Us
Things Depend on Other Things
Forms of Connection between Things
Production and Reproduction
Exchange
Use
Consumption
Discard
Post-deposition
Affordances
From Affordance to Dependence
The French School - Operational Chains
Behavioral Chains
Conclusion
Things Depend on Humans
Things Fall Apart
Behavioral Archaeology and Material Behavior
Behavioral Ecology
Human Behavioral Ecology
The Temporalities of Things
Conclusion: The Unruliness of Things
Entanglement
Other Approaches
Latour and Actor Network Theory
The Archaeology of Entanglement
The Physical Processes of Things
Temporalities
Forgetness
The Tautness of Entanglements
Types and Degrees of Entanglement
Cores and Peripheries of Entanglements
Contingency
Conclusion
Fittingness
Nested Fittingness
Return to Affordance
Coherence: Abstraction, Metaphor, Mimesis and Resonance
Abstraction, Metaphor and Mimesis
Synaesthesia
Resonance
Coherence and Resonance at �atalh�y�k
Conclusion
The Evolution and Persistence of Things
Evolutionary Approaches
Evolutionary Ecology (HBE)
Evolutionary Archaeology
Dual Inheritance Theory
Evolution and Entanglement
Niche Construction
Evolution at �atalh�y�k
Conclusion
Things happen…
The Complexity of Entanglements
Open, Complex and Discontinuous Entanglements
Unruly Things: Contingency
Conjunction of Temporalities
Catalysis: Small Things and the Emergence of Big Effects
Is there a Directionality to Entanglements?
Some Neolithic Examples
Macro-evolutionary Approaches
Why Do Entanglements Increase the Rate of Change?
Conclusion
Tracing the Threads
Tanglegrams
Locating Entanglements
Sequencing Entanglements - at �atalh�y�k
Sequencing Entanglements - the Origins of Agriculture in the Middle East
Causality and Directionality
Conclusion
Conclusions
The Object Nature of Things
Too Much Stuff?
Temporality and Structure
Power and Agency
To and from Formulaic Reduction
Things Again
Some Ethical Considerations
The Last Thing on my Mind
Bibliography
Index

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