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Architecture and Order : Approaches to Social Space - Michael Parker Pearson

Architecture and Order

Approaches to Social Space

By: Michael Parker Pearson (Editor), Colin Richards (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th April 1997
ISBN: 9780415157438
Number Of Pages: 260

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Architecture is a powerful medium for representing, ordering and classifying the world, and understanding the use of space is fundamental to archaeological inquiry. Architecture and Order draws on the work of archaeologists, social theorists and architects to explore the way in which people relate to the architecture which surrounds them. In many societies, houses and tombs have encoded cultural meanings and values which are invoked and recalled through the practices of daily life.
Chapters include explorations of the early farming r archi*eye of Europe, from before the use of metals, to the Classical and Medieval worlds of the Mediterranean and Europe. Research of the recent past and present include an overview of hunter-gatherers' camp organization, a reassessment of the use of space amongst the Dogon of West Africa and an examination of mental disorders relating to the use of space in Britain. The volume goes beyond the implication that culture determines form to develop an approach that integrates meaning and practice.

Prefacep. xi
Ordering the World: Perceptions of Architecture, Space and Timep. 1
Architecture and Order: Spatial Representation and Archaeologyp. 38
Architecture and Meaning: the Example of Neolithic Houses and Tombsp. 73
Defining Domestic Space in the Bronze Age of Southern Britainp. 87
Separation or Seclusion? Towards an Archaeological Approach to Investigating Women in the Greek Household in the Fifth to Third Centuries Bcp. 98
The Spatiality of the Roman Domestic Setting: an Interpretation of Symbolic Contentp. 113
Swahili Architecture, Space and Social Structurep. 147
Ordering Houses, Creating Narrativesp. 170
Spatial Order and Psychiatric Disorderp. 178
The Temporal Structuring of Settlement Space Among the Dogon of Mali: an Ethnoarchaeological Studyp. 196
Order Without Architecture: Functional, Social and Symbolic Dimensions in Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Organizationp. 217
Indexp. 244
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ISBN: 9780415157438
ISBN-10: 0415157439
Series: Material Cultures
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 17th April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1