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Houses and Households : A Comparative Study - Richard E. Blanton

Houses and Households

A Comparative Study

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1993
ISBN: 9780306444449
Number Of Pages: 272

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A growing interest in households is found among many archaeologists and cultural anthropologists, but these disciplines require improved methods, theories, and comparative knowledge to advance the aims of household research. Many questions about ancient and contemporary societies will be left unanswered until there is a more developed understanding of how households influence, and are influenced by, the larger society.
Houses and Households expands on and makes more systematic the comparative and cross-cultural approach to the study of households, by investigating the interactions between household behavior and the domestic built environment in a variety of world areas. Focusing on peasant households, this practical volume presents a large comparative data base derived from published ethnographic and architectural reports from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, India, Nepal, Egypt, and Mesoamerica. Author Richard E. Blanton proposes new methods for comparative analyses of houses and uses these methods, along with the community ethnographic data, to develop new and evaluate current household theories.
Houses and Households is a major contribution to the understanding of cross-cultural and intracultural variation in households and house form, including features such as size of the house, spatial complexity, use of space, decoration, symbolic expression, and costliness. These formal properties are then analyzed in light of behavior related to, among others, gender relations, household decision making, and consumer behavior. The theoretical framework presented and evaluated - developed from a nonverbal communication approach - perceives house form as an outcome of the social and economic strategies of households found in varying community, regional, and macroregional settings.

Introductionp. 1
The Scope of Inquiryp. 4
An Approach to Householdsp. 5
Houses and Consumer Behavior in Householdsp. 7
Canonical and Indexical Communication and the Built Environmentp. 8
Houses, Communication, and the World of Goodsp. 13
Theory versus Realityp. 18
Communication and the Social Reproduction of Householdsp. 19
A Comparative Methodp. 21
Introductory Commentsp. 23
A Graphical Method Based on Floor Plansp. 24
Floor Plans as Graphsp. 26
Measures of Scale, Integration, and Complexityp. 31
Selection of the Sample of Houses and Communitiesp. 37
Scale, Integration, and Complexity: A Preliminary Comparison across Regionsp. 50
Scale, Integration, and Complexity Illustratedp. 64
Household Social Reproduction and the Canonical Communication of Habitusp. 77
Chinap. 80
Javap. 88
Japanp. 89
Thailandp. 89
Vietnamp. 90
South Asiap. 91
Southwest Asiap. 95
Mesoamericap. 101
Explaining Variation in Canonical Communicationp. 102
Results of the Analysisp. 107
Interhousehold Canonical Communicationp. 110
Additional Notes on Household Social Reproductive Strategyp. 110
Household Social Reproduction and Curatorial Consumptionp. 112
Indexical and Social Boundary Communicationp. 115
Social Boundary Communicationp. 124
Indexical Communicationp. 137
Household Economic Strategies and Indexical Communicationp. 140
A Macroregional Approachp. 149
Cores and Peripheries in Macroregionsp. 152
An Evaluation of a Macroregional Theoryp. 154
"Closed" and "Open" Communitiesp. 157
Core versus Periphery Houses and Householdsp. 161
Comments on Core-Periphery Distinctions in the House Data Setp. 169
Household Composition and Social Reproductive Strategyp. 172
Network Interactions versus Market Structurep. 176
Evaluating the Modelp. 179
Conclusionp. 183
Steps toward a Method of Wealth Comparisonp. 185
Cross-Cultural Analysis and Peasant Studiesp. 190
Housing, Social History, and the Political Economy of Complex Societies - A Hypothesis for Future Considerationp. 192
Appendixesp. 199
Referencesp. 253
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780306444449
ISBN-10: 0306444445
Series: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.32