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The Swastika: Constructing the Symbol

The Swastika: Constructing the Symbol

1st Edition

Malcolm Quinn
October 12, 2015

Despite the enormous amount of material on the subject of Nazism, there has been no substantial work on its emblem, the swastika. This original and controversial contribution examines the role that the swastika played in the construction of the Aryan myth in the nineteenth century, and its use in...

Social Transformations in Archaeology: Global and Local Perspectives

Social Transformations in Archaeology: Global and Local Perspectives

1st Edition

Kristian Kristiansen, Michael Rowlands
August 15, 2014

Social Transformations in Archaeology explores the relevance of archaeology to the study of long-term change and to the understanding of our contemporary world. The articles are divided into: * broader theoretical issues * post-colonial issues in a wide range of contexts * archaeological...

Gifts and Commodities: Exchange and Western Capitalism Since 1700

Gifts and Commodities: Exchange and Western Capitalism Since 1700

1st Edition

James G. Carrier
July 26, 2012

Three hundred years ago people made most of what they used, or got it in trade from their neighbours. Now, no one seems to make anything, and we buy what we need from shops. Gifts and Commodities describes the cultural and historical process of these changes and looks at the rise of consumer...

Experiencing the Past: On the Character of Archaeology

Experiencing the Past: On the Character of Archaeology

1st Edition

Michael Shanks
November 11, 2011

In Experiencing the Past Michael Shanks presents an animated exploration of the character of archaeology and reclaims the sentiment and feeling which are so often lost in purely academic approaches....

Technological Choices: Transformations in Material Cultures since the Neolithic

Technological Choices: Transformations in Material Cultures since the Neolithic

1st Edition

Pierre Lemonnier
September 26, 2002

Technological Choices deals with the adoption or rejection by a society of certain technological innovations. It demonstrates that in any society, such choices result from cultural values and social relations, rather than inherent benefits in the technology itself and highlights revolutionary...

Mind, Materiality and History: Explorations in Fijian Ethnography

Mind, Materiality and History: Explorations in Fijian Ethnography

1st Edition

Christina Toren
July 29, 1999

How do we become who we are? How is it that people are so similar in the ways they differ from one another, and so different in the ways they are the same?Christina Toren's theory of mind as not only a physical phenomenon, but an historical one, sets out to answer these questions by examining how...

Time, Culture and Identity: An Interpretative Archaeology

Time, Culture and Identity: An Interpretative Archaeology

1st Edition

Julian Thomas
October 29, 1998

Time, Culture and Identity questions the modern western distinctions between: * nature and culture * mind and body * object and subject. Drawing on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Julian Thomas develops a way of writing about the past in which time is seen as central to the emergence of the...

Architecture and Order: Approaches to Social Space

Architecture and Order: Approaches to Social Space

1st Edition

Michael Parker Pearson, Colin Richards
April 17, 1997

Architecture is a powerful medium for representing, ordering and classifying the world, and understanding the use of space is fundamental to archaeological inquiry. Architecture and Order draws on the work of archaeologists, social theorists and architects to explore the way in which people relate...

Acknowledging Consumption

Acknowledging Consumption

1st Edition

Daniel Miller
June 22, 1995

A multi-disciplinary overview providing new theories, critical analyses and the latest reasearch on this very fashionable topic. Includes chapters on consumption studies in anthropology, economics, history, sociology and many more areas....

Theory and Practice in Archaeology

Theory and Practice in Archaeology

1st Edition

Ian Hodder
June 01, 1995

In this latest collection of his articles, of which seven are written especially for this volume, Ian Hodder captures and continues the lively controversy of the 1980s over symbolic and structural approaches to archaeology. The book acts as an overview of the developments in the discipline over the...

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