Agency in Archaeology (Paperback)
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Short Description for Agency in Archaeology In this text, 19 internationally renowned scholars discuss nine theoretically based case studies ranging in subject from the late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers to the restructuring of gender relations in the US.
- Published: 16 March 2000
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415207614 ISBN 10: 0415207614
- Sales rank: 561,874
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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.