The Social Archaeology of Houses

The Social Archaeology of Houses

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This book deals with the problems encountered by archaeologists reconstructing social history from domestic architecture. Faced with often little more than the remains of foundations and at best "mute" houses, archaeologists have adopted social theories drawn from architects and sociologists. These theories are applied in a series of case studies which cover examples taken from ancient to modern housing. All the main schools of social theory are covered, including feminism, marxism, structuralism and structuration theory, and the influential ideas in architectural theory developed by Henry Glassie, Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson are also explored.show more

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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 142.24 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748602909
  • 9780748602902

Table of contents

The living house - signifying continuity, Douglass W. Bailey; social inequality on Bulgarian Tells and the Varnia problem, John Chapman; comment on John Chapman - some cautionary notes on the application of spatial measures to prehistoric settlements, Frank Brown; the late neolithic house in Orkney, Colin Richards; Romano-British villas and the social construction of space, Eleanor Scott; comment on Eleanor Scott, Ross Samson; domestic organization and gender relations in Iron Age and Romano-British households, Richard Hingley; the feudal construction of space - power and domination in the nucleated village, Tom Saunders; the Englishman's home and its study, Matthew Johnson; the rise and fall of tower-houses in post-reformation Scotland, Ross Samson; analyzing small building plans - a morphological approach, Frank Brown.show more