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Crafting in the World

Materiality in the Making

Editors: Burke, Clare T., Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. (Eds.)

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  • Increases the understanding of the multiple meanings of crafting experiences by interrelating theories about crafting and technology from several different disciplines
  • Theorizes a variety of new frameworks about psychological, social and cultural aspects of crafting
  • Provides exemplary case studies of crafting that relate diverse pasts to the present
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About this book

This volume expands understandings of crafting practices, which in the past was the major relational interaction between the social agency of materials, technology, and people, in co-creating an emergent ever-changing world. The chapters discuss different ways that crafting in the present is useful in understanding crafting experiences and methods in the past, including experiments to reproduce ancient excavated objects, historical accounts of crafting methods and experiences, craft revivals, and teaching historical crafts at museums and schools. 

Crafting in the World is unique in the diversity of its theoretical and multidisciplinary approaches to researching crafting, not just as a set of techniques for producing functional objects, but as social practices and technical choices embodying cultural ideas, knowledge, and multiple interwoven social networks. Crafting expresses and constitutes mental schemas, identities, ideologies, and cultures. The multiple meanings and significances of crafting are explored from a great variety of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, archaeology, sociology, education, psychology, women’s studies, and ethnic studies.

This book provides a deep temporal range and a global geographical scope, with case studies ranging from Europe, Africa, and Asia to the Americas and a global internet website for selling home crafted items.

About the authors

​Clare T. Burke is an archaeologist specialising in the study and scientific analysis of ceramic material culture. Her PhD at the University of Sheffield focused on the chaîne opératoire and habitus as conceptual frameworks for understanding past crafting practices in relation to the production of Early Bronze Age ceramics from mainland Greece. She currently works at the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna investigating prehistoric ceramics.
Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood is a Professor of Anthropology at Oakland University and an Associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. She organized and chaired the first two conference symposia on gender research in historical archaeology at the 1989 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in the First Joint Archaeological Congress in Baltimore, and at the 1989 Chacmool Conference in Calgary, Canada (proceedings published 1991). Professor Spencer-Wood’s early feminist theorizing was also published in the 1992 Southern Illinois University Conference volume. She subsequently wrote feminist articles published in Historical Archaeology and the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, as well as book chapters, including those in volumes she edited for Springer, entitled The Archaeology and Preservation of Gendered Landscapes (co-edited with Sherene Baugher), and Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Burke, Clare (et al.)

  • Made to Remake the World: The Bronze Age Tool and the ‘Idea of Craft’

    Pages 19-36

    Lee, Rob

  • Looking Over the Shoulder of the Bronze Age Metalsmith: Recognising the Crafter in Archaeological Artefacts

    Pages 37-49

    Giovanna Fregni, E.

  • Grasping at Threads: A Discussion on Archaeology and Craft

    Pages 51-73

    Wolfe, Ulla Isabel Zagal-Mach

  • Crafting History: How the World Is Made. The Case of Islamic Archaeology

    Pages 77-98

    Carvajal López, José Cristobal

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65088-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65087-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crafting in the World
Book Subtitle
Materiality in the Making
Editors
  • Clare T. Burke
  • Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65088-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65088-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65087-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 295
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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