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date: 10 December 2019

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This chapter argues that, despite the fact that the integration of a theory of practice into archaeology was a fashionable subject of the 1990s and early 2000s, there appears to be less discussion of it in recent years, apart from a few stalwarts. This is a shame, because there could not be a view of the world better suited to archaeology. Unfortunately, the programme of investigation that began in around 2000 is not yet complete, and confusion remains about some of the basic terminology; nor have we seen the development of a methodology by which a theory of practice may be routinely incorporated into archaeological interpretation. The aim of this chapter is to revisit the ideas of Bourdieu and Giddens to reiterate their suitability for archaeology. As an exemplifier of how a methodology might develop, I tentatively posit ethnoarchaeology as a potential candidate and use the principles of sociological ethnomethodology as a blueprint.

Keywords: practice, structuration theory, Giddens, Bourdieu, ethnomethodology

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