Material Agency

Towards a Non-Anthropocentric Approach

Editors: Knappett, Carl, Malafouris, Lambros (Eds.)

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Agency is a key theme that cross-cuts a wide raft of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and beyond; yet it is invariably discussed separately behind closed disciplinary doors.

Within archaeology, agency has been characterized as a uniquely human attribute, and a means of incorporating individual intentionality into theoretical discourse. In other domains, however, notions of non-human and ‘material’ agency have been finding currency, and it is our aim to introduce some of these themes into archaeology and develop a non-anthropocentric approach to agency.

It is anticipated that such a perspective will not only help us achieve more convincing interpretations of the past, giving a more active role to material culture, but also throw new light on the changing role of artifacts in the present and the future.

This book is a groundbreaking attempt to address questions of non-human and material agency from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines: archaeology, anthropology, sociology, cognitive science, philosophy, and economics. The editors and authors demostrate that a distributed, relational approach to agency, incorporating both humans and artifacts, has important ramifications for how we understand material culture.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Material Agency
Book Subtitle
Towards a Non-Anthropocentric Approach
Editors
  • Carl Knappett
  • Lambros Malafouris
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-74711-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-74711-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-74710-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4512-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 256
Number of Illustrations
49 b/w illustrations
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