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Title Anthropological perspectives on technology / edited by Michael Brian Schiffer
Edition First edition
Published Dragoon, AZ : An Amerind Foundation Pub., 2001


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Description xiv, 242 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Series Amerind Foundation New World studies series ; no. 5
Amerind Foundation New World studies series ; no. 5
Contents Foreword / Anne I. Woosley -- Preface / Michael Brian Schiffer -- Ch. 1. Toward an Anthropology of Technology / Michael Brian Schiffer -- Ch. 2. Beyond Art and Technology: The Anthropology of Skill / Tim Ingold -- Ch. 3. Thought and Production: Insights of the Practitioner / Charles M. Keller -- Ch. 4. Meaning in the Making: Agency and the Social Embodiment of Technology and Art / Marcia-Anne Dobres -- Ch. 5. Symbols Do Not Create Meanings - Activities Do: Or, Why Symbolic Anthropology Needs the Anthropology of Technology / Bryan Pfaffenberger -- Ch. 6. Ritual Technology in an Extranatural World / William H. Walker -- Ch. 7. Toward an Archaeology of Needs / Richard R. Wilk -- Ch. 8. The Design Process as a Critical Component of the Anthropology of Technology / W. David Kingery -- Ch. 9. Understanding Artifact Variability and Change: a Behavioral Framework / James M. Skibo and Michael Brian Schiffer -- Ch. 10. Artifice Constrained: What Determines Technological Choice? / Peter Bleed -- Ch. 11. Building Bridges: Practice-based Ethnographies of Contemporary Technology / Lucy A. Suchman -- Ch. 12. Coordination of Technological Practice and Representations at the Boundaries / Meredith Aronson, David Bell and Dan Vermeer -- Ch. 13. From Sail to Steam at Sea in the Late Nineteenth Century / Richard A. Gould -- Ch. 14. The Explanation of Long-Term Technological Change / Michael Brian Schiffer.files
Summary These essays accept a dual premise: technology pervades and is embedded in all human activities. By taking that approach, studies of technology address two questions central in anthropological and archaeological research today - accounting for variability and change. These diverse yet interrelated chapters show that to understand human lives, researchers must deal with the material world that all peoples create and inhabit. [from publisher's advertisement]
Notes "An Amerind Foundation publication."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Anthropology -- Congresses.
Archaeology -- Congresses.
Industries, Primitive -- Congresses.
Technology -- Social aspects -- Congresses.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Industries, Primitive.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Author Schiffer, Michael B.
Amerind Foundation.
LC no. 00012735
ISBN 0826323693 cloth alkaline paper