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Houses and Households A Comparative Study

ISBN-10: 0306444445

ISBN-13: 9780306444449

Edition: 1994

Authors: Richard E. Blanton

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The author presents a large comparative database derived from ethnographic and architectural research in Southeast Asia, Egypt, Mesoamerica, and other areas; proposes new methodologies for comparative analyses of houses; and critically examines existing methodologies, theories, and data. His work expands on and systematizes comparative and cross-cultural approaches to the study of households and their environments to provide a firm foundation for this emerging line of study.
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Book details

List price: $159.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 12/31/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction
The Scope of Inquiry
An Approach to Households
Houses and Consumer Behavior in Households
Canonical and Indexical Communication and the Built Environment
Houses, Communication, and the World of Goods
Theory versus Reality
Communication and the Social Reproduction of Households
A Comparative Method
Introductory Comments
A Graphical Method Based on Floor Plans
Floor Plans as Graphs
Measures of Scale, Integration, and Complexity
Selection of the Sample of Houses and Communities
Scale, Integration, and Complexity: A Preliminary Comparison across Regions
Scale, Integration, and Complexity Illustrated
Household Social Reproduction and the Canonical Communication of Habitus
China
Java
Japan
Thailand
Vietnam
South Asia
Southwest Asia
Mesoamerica
Explaining Variation in Canonical Communication
Results of the Analysis
Interhousehold Canonical Communication
Additional Notes on Household Social Reproductive Strategy
Household Social Reproduction and Curatorial Consumption
Indexical and Social Boundary Communication
Social Boundary Communication
Indexical Communication
Household Economic Strategies and Indexical Communication
A Macroregional Approach
Cores and Peripheries in Macroregions
An Evaluation of a Macroregional Theory
"Closed" and "Open" Communities
Core versus Periphery Houses and Households
Comments on Core-Periphery Distinctions in the House Data Set
Household Composition and Social Reproductive Strategy
Network Interactions versus Market Structure
Evaluating the Model
Conclusion
Steps toward a Method of Wealth Comparison
Cross-Cultural Analysis and Peasant Studies
Housing, Social History, and the Political Economy of Complex Societies - A Hypothesis for Future Consideration
Appendixes
References
Index