A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece: An by Stella G. Souvatzi

By Stella G. Souvatzi

The learn of families and way of life is more and more famous as basic in social archeological research. This quantity is the 1st to handle the loved ones as a technique and as a conceptual and analytical capability in which we will interpret social association from the ground up. utilizing designated case reviews from Neolithic Greece, Stella Souvatzi examines how the family is outlined socially, culturally, and traditionally; she discusses loved ones and group, variability, construction and replica, person and collective company, identification, swap, complexity, and integration. Her examine is enriched through an in-depth dialogue of the framework for the family within the social sciences and the synthesis of many anthropological, ancient, and sociological examples. It reverses the view of the family as passive, ahistorical, and reliable, exhibiting it as an alternative to be lively, dynamic, and always moving.

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Households stem not from our want ofunambiguous, formal definitions ofthese units, but from the conviction that we can construct a precise, reduced definition for what are inherently complex, multifunctional institutions imbued with a diverse array of cultural principles and meanings. However, although a unitary concept of this diverse and contradictory social entity is inappropriate, a concern with definitions is fundamental to an understanding of household as a process. Indeed, it has been one of the main factors contributing to a sense of fluidity and flux in household studies.

The concept of 'house societies' has been enthusiastically taken up by a host of later anthropologists and archaeologists, who, without necessarily embracing all of the implications of Levi-Strauss' conception ofstructure, have explored and extended fields ofhis theory (Carsten 1997; Carsten and Hugh-Jones 1995; Joyce and Gillespie 2000). An archaeological example can be seen in Hodder's (1990, 1998) domus/agrios scheme, whose manifestation and changing nature he traces in the various cultural settings which make up the European Neolithic.

He gives the example of the home as the locale which is regionalised internally so that different rooms are associated with different activities at different times. For Bourdieu, the organisation of spaces reflects, generates, and reproduces social structures and practices. Practice is shaped by the habitus, which is the key concept ofBourdieu's (1977, 1990) theory. The habitus is a system ofstructured, structuring, and durable dispositions produced historically; it is not only 'a way of being' but also 'the result of an organising action' (Bourdieu 1977: 214).

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