- The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Material Culture Studies: a Reactionary View
- The Material‐Cultural Turn: Event and Effect
- Material Geographies
- Material Culture in Folklife Studies
- Material Histories
- The Materials of STS
- Material Culture and the Dance of Agency
- Fieldwork and Collecting
- Gifts and Exchange
- Art as Action, Art as Evidence
- Archaeological Assemblages and Practices of Deposition
- Technology and Material Life
- The Malice of Inanimate Objects: Material Agency
- From Identity and Material Culture to Personhood and Materiality
- Materiality and Embodiment
- Material Culture in Primates
- Cultural Landscapes
- Ecological landscapes
- Urban materialities: meaning, magnitude, friction, and outcomes
- Architecture and cultural history
- Households and ‘Home Cultures’
- Stone Tools
- The Landscape Garden as Material Culture: Lessons from France
- Built Objects
- Ceramics (As Containers)
- Magical Things: on Fetishes, Commodities, and Computers
- Afterword: <i>Fings Ain't Wot they Used t' be</i>: Thinking Through Material Thinking as Placing and Arrangement
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This article presents two bodies of work, both of which take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of buildings from Neolithic Europe. The first connects archaeology to theories in architectural history, while the second creates links between archaeology and art. This article works through four ideas about architecture which the article offers as disconnected propositions. There is no easy narrative for this article, just as there is none for the living built environment of the past or the present. This article proposes that archaeologists step away from accepted and comfortable knowledge of architectural form and interpretation. The aim of this article is to work through four case studies from our work on prehistoric European architecture. The case studies illuminate four propositions, which are offered as provocations for further work on architecture by archaeologists but also by anthropologists and other social scientists and humanities scholars whose work engages architecture concludes this article.
Douglass Bailey is Professor of Anthropology at San Francisco State University.
Lesley McFadyen is a Researcher funded by the Fundação para Ciência e a Tecnologia at the Universidade do Porto.
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