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Social Archaeologies of Trade and Exchange: Exploring Relationships among People, Places, and Things / Edition 1

Social Archaeologies of Trade and Exchange: Exploring Relationships among People, Places, and Things / Edition 1

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This volume focuses on the anthropological concept of trade as a fundamentally social activity concerned not only with the movement of goods, but also on the social context and consequences of that exchange. The distinguished contributors discuss trade on a range of scales—from a solitary confinement cell to trans-oceanic networks—in settings around the world and over the past 3000 years. They address themes such as exchange as a communicative act, the ways in which exchange transforms the relationship between people and things, the significance of agency and power in contexts of trade, and how sites of consumption and discard speak to processes of exchange. The volume merges traditional archaeological concerns about trade and exchange with more contemporary issues of agency, identity and social meaning.

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ISBN-13: 9781598740295
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/15/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alexander A. Bauer is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Queens College, CUNY, having earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His research interests include Old World prehistory, ancient trade, archaeological semiotics, and cultural heritage policy. He is the Assistant Director of the Sinop Region Archaeological Project, an integrated regional project aimed at exploring the dynamics of interaction and culture change in the Black Sea region from the Neolithic to the present day, and since 2005, he has served as Editor of the International Journal of Cultural Property, an interdisciplinary journal on cultural heritage law and policy issues published by Cambridge University Press.Anna S. Agbe-Davies (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2004) is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the African diaspora in the plantation societies of the southeastern US and Caribbean as well as the 19th and 20th century Midwest. Ongoing field projects include excavation and community collaboration at the sites of New Philadelphia, Illinois, and the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls on the south side of Chicago, as described in in-press contributions to the journal Historical Archaeology and the edited volume Archaeology of the Recent African American Past.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert W. Preucel


Introduction: Rethinking Trade as a Social Activity, Anna S. Agbe-Davies and Alexander A. Bauer

1. Trade and Interaction in Archaeology, Alexander A. Bauer and Anna S. Agbe-Davies

2. Landscapes of Circulation in Northwest Argentina: The Workings of Obsidian and Ceramics During the First Millennium AD, Marisa Lazzari

3. Social Aspects of the Tobacco Pipe Trade in Early Colonial Virginia, Anna S. Agbe-Davies

4. Arenas of Action: Trade as Power, Trade as Identity, Kenneth G. Kelly

5. Greeks and Phoenicians: Perceptions of Trade and Traders in the Early First Millennium BC, Susan Sherratt

6. Those Who Were Traded: African-Bahamian Archaeology and the Slave Trade, Laurie A. Wilkie and Paul Farnsworth

7. Broads, Studs and Broken Down Daddies: The materiality of "...Playing"... in the Modern Penitentiary, Eleanor Conlin Casella

8. Buying a Table in Erfelek: Socialities of Contact and Community in the Black Sea Region, Owen P. Doonan and Alexander A. Bauer

9. Objects, Social Relations, and Cultural Motion, Greg Urban


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