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Archaeological Theory Today

ISBN-10: 0745622690

ISBN-13: 9780745622699

Edition: 2001

Authors: Ian Hodder

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This volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over the last decade. It summarizes recent developments and looks to the future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the discipline.While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would still argue for a unified disciplinary approach, few volumes have explored the full range of emerging perspectives. This volume, however, captures the diversity of contemporary archaeological theory. Some authors argue for an approach close to the natural sciences, others for an engagement with cultural debate about representation of the past. Some minimize the relevance of culture to societal change, while others see it as central; some focus on the contingent and the local, others on long-term evolution.The volume also reflects archaeology's new openness to external influences, as well as the desire to contribute to wider debates. The contributors examine ways in which archaeological evidence contributes to theories of evolutionary psychology, as well as to the social sciences in general, where theories of social relationships, agency, landscape and identity are informed by the long-term perspective of archaeology.Archaeological Theory Today will be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology and in the social sciences more generally.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 5/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction: A Review of Contemporary Theorectical. Debates in Archaeology
Behavioral Archaeology: Toward a New Synthesis
Evolutionary Archaeology
Archaeological Theory and Theories of Cognitive Evolution
Symbol before Concept: Material Engagement and the Early. Development of Society
Agency, the Duality of Structure, and the Problem of the Archaeological Record
Archaeologies of Place and Landscape
Archaeologies of Identity
American Material Culture in Mind, Thought, and Deed
Postcolonial Archaeology: Issues of Culture, Identity, and.Knowledge
Archaeological Representation: The Visual Conventions for Constructing Knowledge about the Past
Culture/Archaeology: The Dispersion of a Discipline and its Objects
Index