Stonehenge: Making Space

Stonehenge: Making Space

Paperback Materializing Culture (Paperback)

By (author) Barbara Bender


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  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 15mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1859739083
  • ISBN 13: 9781859739082
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 992,610

Product description

This book is an imaginative exploration of a place that has fascinated, intrigued and perplexed visitors for centuries. Instead of seeing Stonehenge as an isolated site, the author sets the stones within a wider landscape and explores how use and meaning have changed from prehistoric times right through to the present. Throughout the millennia, the Stonehenge landscape has been used and re-used, invested with new meanings, and has given rise to myths and stories. The author creatively explores how the landscape has been appropriated and contested, and invokes the debates and experiences of people who have very different and often conflicting experiences of the same place. Today, heritage managers, archaeologists, local people, free festivallers, and druids come to the place with entirely different understandings and agendas. The book demonstrates that the creation of spaces and places for people to express divergent viewpoints is powerfully constrained by social and political forces that allow some voices to be heard while others are marginalized. With dialogues and illustrations that range from the conventional to the cartoon strip, this multi-vocal book not only presents a wide range of views in an innovative way, but provides important new insights on how people shape and are shaped by landscape.

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Barbara Bender Professor in Heritage Anthropology,University College London

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'... a book that will enrage some and delight others: it is a milestone in writing about the past in the present.'Julian Thomas, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute'A book for reading everywhere and for scribbling in (it even has a page to write notes and comments) ... Written by the foremost woman prehistorian in Britain, some will hate [it] and others will love it ... a very enjoyable book written in an enticing and stimulating format.'Antiquity'... unusually insightful and a very refreshing reading experience too ... written with equal amounts of wit and intellectual commitment. In sum, a must for those who are keen followers of the current events around Stonehenge.'Cornelius Holtorf, American Journal of Archaeology'Bender has altered the tack of the sociological account through dialogue, explanation and interpretation. However, after bombarding the intellect, social perspective and senses (both political and economic) of the reader, as the climax of (th