Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology

An Archaeology of Manners

The Polite World of the Merchant Elite of Colonial Massachusetts

Authors: Goodwin, Lorinda B.R.

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A glance at the title of this book might well beg the question “What in heaven’s name does archaeology have to do with manners? We cannot dig up manners or mannerly behavior—or can we?” One might also ask “Why is mannerly behavior important?” and “What can archaeology contribute to our understanding of the role of manners in the devel- ment of social relations and cultural identity in early America?” English colonists in America and elsewhere sought to replicate English notions of gentility and social structure, but of necessity div- ged from the English model. The first generation of elites in colonial America did not spring from the landed gentry of old England. Rather, they were self-made, newly rich, and newly possessed of land and other trappings of England’s genteel classes. The result was a new model of gentry culture that overcame the contradiction between a value system in which gentility was conferred by birth, and the new values of bo- geois materialism and commercialism among the emerging colonial elites. Manners played a critical role in the struggle for the cultural legitimacy of gentility; mannerly behavior—along with exhibition of refined taste in architecture, fashionable clothing, elegant furnishings, and literature—provided the means through which the new-sprung colonial elites defined themselves and validated their claims on power and prestige to accompany their newfound wealth.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Archaeology of Manners
Book Subtitle
The Polite World of the Merchant Elite of Colonial Massachusetts
Authors
Series Title
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47170-4
DOI
10.1007/b110417
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46156-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3321-8
Series ISSN
1574-0439
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 234
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