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The Archaeology of American Capitalism : The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective - Christopher N. Matthews

The Archaeology of American Capitalism

The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective

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Christopher Matthews offers a fresh look at the historic material culture and social meaning of capitalism in this wide-ranging and compelling study. Drawing on archaeological evidence from the colonial period to the modern era and covering sites from New England to California, The Archaeology of American Capitalism is the first comparative treatment in historical archaeology to comprehensively illustrate the development and evolution of capitalism in the United States.

Accessible to even the beginning student and organized chronologically, this volume focuses on the material construction of individuals as commodities, the orientation of social life to the market, and grassroots resistance to capitalist culture. Perhaps most intriguing, Matthews identifies the discipline of archaeology as an artifact of capitalism and offers a thoughtful investigation into the ways in which the transformative effects of capitalism determine not only much of the archaeological record, but the pursuit of archaeology itself.

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Freedom, Culture, and the Authentic Self in Capitalismp. 9
The Expansion of Capitalism and the Inventions of Americap. 27
Georgian Practice: Defining Nature in Colonial Americap. 57
The Capitalist Metropolisp. 85
Translating Survival into Success: The Archaeology of Victorious Capitalismp. 116
Communities Outside Capitalism: Archaeologies of Resistancep. 149
The Archaeology of Race and African American Resistancep. 177
Archaeology and Ethics within and against Capitalismp. 195
Conclusion: The Materialization of Capitalismp. 227
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780813035246
ISBN-10: 0813035244
Series: The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 14th November 2010
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.23