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Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism : Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology - Mark P. Leone

Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism

Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology

By: Mark P. Leone (Editor), Parker B. Potter (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1999
ISBN: 9780306460678
Number Of Pages: 248

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American things, American material culture, and American archaeology are the themes of this book. The authors use goods used or made in America to illuminate issues such as tenancy, racism, sexism, and regional bias. Contributors utilize data about everyday objects - from tin cans and bottles to namebrand items, from fish bones to machinery - to analyze the way American capitalism works. Their cogent analyses take us literally from broken dishes to the international economy. Especially notable chapters examine how an archaeologist formulates questions about exploitation under capitalism, and how the study of artifacts reveals African-American middle class culture and its response to racism.

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`Matthew Johnson's commentary does an excellent job of pulling the articles ... together, exploring the problems that they raise, and placing their concerns in an even broader temporal and spatial context. As he points out, writing a historical archaeology of capitalism is a complex and difficult task. This volume is a welcome and useful contribution to that task.'
Journal of Anthropological Research, 56 (2000)

Issues in a Historical Archaeology Devoted to Studying Capitalismp. 1
Setting Some Terms for Historical Archaeologies of Capitalismp. 3
Capitalism and Its Partsp. 4
The Role of Consciousnessp. 7
Who Creates Consciousness for Whom?p. 10
Culture and Capitalismp. 13
How Do We Take Culture apart from Capitalism?p. 14
Commodities and an Active Role for Thingsp. 15
Referencesp. 20
Where the Questions Come Fromp. 21
Why Should Historical Archaeologists Study Capitalism? The Logic of Question and Answer and the Challenge of Systemic Analysisp. 23
Introduction: Democratizing Forcesp. 23
The Logic of Question and Answerp. 28
The Argument for Conjoint Uses of Evidencep. 29
Vertical and Horizontal Independencep. 35
Causal, Inferential, and Disciplinary Independencep. 37
Generalizing within the Instance: Cables and Tackingp. 41
Conclusionsp. 46
Referencesp. 46
Historical Archaeology and Identity in Modern Americap. 51
Introductionp. 51
August, 1993p. 54
Down on the Farmp. 55
Out at the Craftsmen's Fairp. 57
And Back Again, to the Real Worldp. 60
Three Guidesp. 61
Aronowitz: The Archaeology of Work, Labor, and Servicep. 61
MacCannell: The Archaeology of Cannibalismp. 63
Miller: The Archaeology of Consumptionp. 67
Two Case Studiesp. 68
Annapolis: The Archaeology of Tourismp. 69
An Interlude: Vulgar Identityp. 72
New Hampshire: The Archaeology of "Mass Hysteria"p. 73
Conclusionsp. 77
Referencesp. 77
The Contested Commons: Archaeologies of Race, Repression, and Resistance in New York Cityp. 81
Introduction: The Commons and the African Burial Groundp. 81
The 1712 Rising: Coromantee, Christian, and White Identitiesp. 86
The "Great Negro Plot" of 1741p. 92
Pinkster Day, 1757: The Politics of Spectacle and and Cultural Propertyp. 94
The 1788 Petition and "Doctor's Riot"p. 98
Conclusion: Essentialism, Identity Politics, and the Anti-Racist Strugglep. 100
Referencesp. 104
Integration Into Capitalism and Impoverishmentp. 111
Ex Occidente Lux? An Archaeology of Later Capitalism in the Nineteenth-Century Westp. 115
Introduction: Old Bearings, New Directions, and Sinclair Lewisp. 115
Capitalism from the Westp. 118
Material Culture of Later Capitalismp. 122
Some Assembly Required: Material Patterning in Paradise Valleyp. 125
Discussionp. 135
Referencesp. 137
Archaeology and the Challenges of Capitalist Farm Tenancy in Americap. 143
Introductionp. 143
Farm Tenancy as a Post-War, Southern Realityp. 146
Farm Tenancy in Americap. 148
Historical Archaeology and American Farm Tenancyp. 150
A Brief Note on the Data Setsp. 154
Conclusionsp. 157
Referencesp. 163
"A Bold and Gorgeous Front": The Contradictions of African America and Consumer Culturep. 169
Introductionp. 169
Envisioning a Raceless Market: Brand-Name Consumptionp. 173
Desire and African-American Consumptionp. 177
Commodity-Specific Consumer Tacticsp. 178
Ceramics and Market Circumventionp. 181
Surveillance and Black Consumption Caricaturesp. 182
Fragments of Affluence: African-American Bric-a-Bracp. 184
The Contradictions of Capitalist Multivalencep. 187
Referencesp. 190
Ceramics from Annapolis, Maryland: A Measure of Time Routines and Work Disciplinep. 195
Introductionp. 195
Time Routines, Work Discipline, and Self-Surveillancep. 200
Colonial American Economicsp. 204
Conclusionsp. 211
Referencesp. 215
Beyond North Americap. 217
Historical, Archaeology, Capitalismp. 219
Introductionp. 219
Spacep. 220
Timep. 222
Contextp. 226
Material Culturep. 227
Politicsp. 228
Conclusion: Beyond Capitalismp. 230
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780306460678
ISBN-10: 030646067X
Series: Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 31st January 1999
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.55

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