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Beyond the WallsNew Perspectives on the Archaeology of Historical Households$
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Kevin R. Fogle, James A. Nyman, and Mary C. Beaudry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061559

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061559.001.0001

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Households beyond the House

Households beyond the House

On the Archaeology and Materiality of Historical Households

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(p.1) 1 Households beyond the House
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Beyond the Walls
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Mary C. Beaudry

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061559.003.0001

In chapter 1, Beaudry explores how household archaeology has grown into a vibrant area of archaeological research and provides an overview of the history of household archaeology, its major themes, theoretical approaches, and emerging trends. More than the study of architecture, household archaeology provides an avenue through which scholars may address issues of gender, power, and inequality in different societies. Beaudry points out that these themes can be addressed by employing practice theory to investigate the object worlds that households create, the material habitus that develops within particular households, and the ways in which objects in those worlds affect household members’ identity and self-presentation within and beyond the household. Beaudry suggests that archaeological theory focusing on refuse and midden analysis is key for comprehending the emotional taphonomy of discard and its relationship to episodes of household upheaval. She sees the case studies in this volume as contributions to a historical archaeology of households that affords insight into the ways that individual households are enmeshed in wider social issues and processes.

Keywords:   archaeological theory, historical archaeology, materiality, practice theory, habitus, household archaeology, refuse analysis, midden analysis, taphonomy

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