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The limits of settlement growth : a theoretical outline

Author: Roland Fletcher
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Series: New studies in archaeology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study reviews 15,000 years of worldwide settlement growth in the light of the limits imposed by buildings, layouts, and forms of communication, and examines the great transformations of human  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roland Fletcher
ISBN: 9780521038102 0521038103
OCLC Number: 123374614
Notes: "First published 1995. This digitally printed version (with corrections) 2007"--Title page verso.
Description: xxiv, 276 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I THEORETICAL CONTEXT --
The role of the material as behaviour --
1.Archaeology, settlement growth and the material component of human behaviour --
The impact of the material on social life --
Social theory and the role of the material --
The current paradox of social theory --
The current chasm between social and biological explanations --
Filling the logical chasm: the role of the material --
Conclusions --
2.The material as behaviour --
Defining behaviour --
The behavioural role of the material --
Non-verbal generative `grammars' and the dynamics of the material --
Conclusions --
3.A hierarchy of social explanation: locating the material --
Hierarchies of explanation for human behaviour --
The hierarchical relationship between active and material behaviour --
A redefined explanatory hierarchy: the scaling of constraints and selection in human behaviour --
Implications of the hierarchy and indeterminacy --
Conclusions Note continued: pt. II THE LIMITS OF SETTLEMENT GROWTH --
Behavioural stress and the material management of community life --
4.The behavioural parameters of interaction and communication --
Interaction --
communication stress model: an operational uniformitarian proposition --
The interaction --
communication stress matrix --
Conclusions --
5.Settlement growth trajectories --
Identifying the interaction --
communication stress field --
Settlement trajectories and behavioural stress --
Classes of settlement and trajectory --
Conclusions --
6.Settlement growth transitions and the role of the material --
The nature and occurrence of transition assemblages --
Studying the transition assemblage for the 100 ha C-limit --
Components of the 100 ha C-limit transition assemblage --
The behavioural implications of transition assemblages --
Conclusions --
pt. III IMPLICATIONS --
Transformations and constraints of community life --
7.The development of sedentism Note continued: The growth of mobile communities --
The initial formation of permanent sedentary communities: the restrictive scenario --
An alternative gradualistic scenario for the development of sedentism --
Conclusions --
8.The development of agrarian and industrial urbanism --
The development of agrarian urban settlements --
The development of industrial urban settlements --
Conclusions --
9.Future urban growth --
Behavioural implications --
Trajectories of the future --
Conclusions.
Series Title: New studies in archaeology.
Responsibility: Roland Fletcher.

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