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Agency uncovered : archaeological perspectives on social agency, power, and being human

Author: Andrew Gardner; University College, London. Institute of Archaeology.
Publisher: London ; Portland, Or. : UCL Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using a range of archaeological and historical case studies from around the world, the authors in this volume discuss the various arguments surrounding the concept of 'agency', or individual free will.
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Gardner; University College, London. Institute of Archaeology.
ISBN: 1844720381 9781844720385
OCLC Number: 56718854
Notes: Papers originally presented at a conference held at the Institute of Archaeology, University Collge of London, on Nov. 8, 2001.
Description: xii, 256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Social agency, power, and being human / Andrew Gardner --An evolutionary perspective on agency in archaeology / Stephen Shennan --
Agency and community in 4th century Britain : developing the structurationist project / Andrew Gardner --
Agency theory applied : a study of later prehistoric lithic assemblages from northwest Pakistan / Justin Morris --
Agency, technology, and the muddle in the middle : the case of the Middle Palaeolithic / Brad Gravina --
Dirt, cleanliness, and social structure in Ancient Greece / Astrid Lindenlauf --
Examining the role of agency in hunter-gatherer cultural transmission / Peter Jordan --
Identifying and defining agency in a political context / Fiona J.L. Handley and Tim Schadla-Hall --
Acts of good and active material culture : agency and commitment in the Andes / Bill Sillar --
Being in a simulacrum : electronic agency / Mark W. Lake --
Agency and views beyond meta-narratives that privatise ethics and globalise indifference / Stephanie Koerner --
Agency, structure and archaeological practice / Matthew Johnson.
Responsibility: edited by Andrew Gardner.
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