Ceramic Theory and Cultural Process
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Ceramic Theory and Cultural Process by Dean E. Arnold
Book DescriptionThis much-praised book aims to develop a theory of ceramics which will elucidate the complex relationship between ceramics and culture and society. Drawing upon the theoretical perspectives of systems theory, cybernetics and cultural ecology, Dr Arnold develops cross-cultural generalizations to explain the origins and evolution of the craft of pottery making. These processes are organized into a series of feedback mechanisms which limit or stimulate the initial production of pottery and its transition from a part-time to a full-time specialized activity. The author provides extensive ethnographic documentation, taken from a wide-ranging synthesis of the available literature and employing many data from his own fieldwork in Peru, Guatemala and Mexico, to illustrate the existence of these feedback relationships in societies around the world. Each mechanism is viewed, not as a relationship which exists in a few of the world's cultures, but as a universal generalization often based on some unique physical or chemical aspect of the pottery itself. Ceramic theory and cultural process is an innovative approach to the archaeological interpretation of ceramics which significantly extends our understanding of the social, cultural and environmental processes of ceramic production.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521272599
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jun-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dean E. Arnold
Ecology and Ceramic Production in an Andean Community, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Dean E. Arnold
This ethnoarchaeological study looks at pottery production in a contemporary Peruvian Andean community.
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