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Archaeological semiotics

Author: Robert W Preucel
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2006.
Series: Social archaeology
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the multiple ways in which archaeologists give meaning to the past, highlighting debates over the ontological and epistemological status of the discipline and evaluating current  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Preucel
ISBN: 1557866570 9781557866578 1557866589 9781557866585
OCLC Number: 219589443
Description: XIX, 332 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme.
Contents: List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. What is Semiotics?. Archaeology and Semiotics. Theorizing Material Culture. Organization of Book. Part I. Signs of Meaning. 2. Saussure and his Legacy. Ferdinand de Saussure. Semiology and Structural Lingustics. Saussure and Modern Linguistics. Structural Anthropology. Symbolic and Cognitive Anthropology. Summary. 3. The Peircian Alternative. Charles Sanders Peirce. Semeiotics. Peirce and Modern Philosophy. Peirce and Modern Linguistics. The Life of the Sign. Summary. 4. Pragmatic Anthropology. Peircian Encounters. Indexicality. Self and Social Identity. Material Culture Meanings. Summary. Part II: Aspects of a Semiotic Archaeology. 5. Structuralism and Processal Archaeology. A Brief History of Processual Archaeology. Rules and Representations. Information Exchange. Ideology and Structural Marxism. Summary. 6. Poststructuralism and Postprocessual Archaeologies. A Brief History of Postprocessual Archaeologies. From Structure to Practice. Reading Material Culture. Material Culture as Text. Material Metaphors. Summary. 7. Cognitive Science and Cognitive Archaeology. A Brief History of Cognitive Archaeology. The Evolution of Mind. Cognitive Processes. Summary. Part III: Archaeological Case Studies. 8. Brook Farm and Architecture of Utopia. Utopian Architecture. The Brook Farm Historical Site. Semiotic Ideologies of Social Reform. Finding Utopia. Houses as Social Actors. Representing Brook Farm. Conclusions. 9. In the Aftermath of the Pueblo Revolt. The New Mexico Colony. The Pueblo Revitalization Movement. "Living in Accord with the Laws of the Ancestors". Kotyiti Archaeology. Social Dynamics at Kotyiti Pueblo. Regional Settlement Pattern. Signs of the Times. Conclusions. 10. Material Meanings in Practice. On Cables and Chains. Integrating Words and Things. Semiotic Ideologies. Towards a Pragmatic Archaeology. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
Series Title: Social archaeology
Responsibility: Robert W. Preucel.
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"Preucel's book reviews the work of Peirce in the contact of contemporary archaeology. Its importance lies in the fact that it will introduce that work to a wider audience." (Cambridge Archaeological Read more...

 
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