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Agency in Archaeology

1st Edition

By Marcia-Anne Dobres, John Robb


288 pages

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Agency in Archaeology is the first critical volume to scrutinise the concept of agency and to examine in-depth its potential to inform our understanding of the past. Theories of agency recognise that human beings make choices, hold intentions and take action. This offers archaeologists scope to move beyond looking at broad structural or environmental change and instead to consider the individual and the group

Agency in Archaeology brings together nineteen internationally renowned scholars who have very different, and often conflicting, stances on the meaning and use of agency theory to archaeology. The volume is composed of five theoretically-based discussions and nine case studies, drawing on regions from North America and Mesoamerica to Western and central Europe, and ranging in subject from the late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers to the restructuring of gender relations in the north-eastern US.


'This book contains valuable discussions of regional archaeological records.' - Bruno David, Monash University, Australia

About the Authors

Marcia-Anne Dobres is a Research Associate at the Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley John Robb, a lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology