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BOOKS | 2008

1 December 2009

A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece. An Anthropological Approach

Stella G. Souvatzi

A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece. An Anthropological Approach

City: Cambridge

Year: 2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Series: Cambridge Studies in Archaeology

Description: Hardback, 320 p., 82 in-text illustrations, 7 tables, 25,3x17,7 cm


The study of households and everyday life is increasingly recognized as fundamental in social archeological analysis. This volume is the first to address the household as a process and as a conceptual and analytical means through which we can interpret social organization from the bottom up. Using detailed case studies from Neolithic Greece, Stella Souvatzi examines how the household is defined socially, culturally, and historically; she discusses household and community, variability, production and reproduction, individual and collective agency, identity, change, complexity, and integration. Her study is enriched by an in-depth discussion of the framework for the household in the social sciences and the synthesis of many anthropological, historical, and sociological examples. It reverses the view of the household as passive, ahistorical, and stable, showing it instead to be active, dynamic, and continually shifting.


List of Figures [xi]

List of Tables [xv]

Preface [xvii]

Acknowledgments [xix]

Introduction: Why the household? [1]

1. The household in the social sciences [7].

2. The household as process in a social archaeology [21].

3. The Neolithic of Greece [47].

4. The ideal and the real: The examples of Early Neolithic Nea Nikomedeia and Middle Neolithic Sesklo [63].

5. Complexity is not only about hierarchy: Late Neolithic Dimini, a detailed case study in household organization [107].

6. Homogeneity or diversity? Households as variable processes [161].

7. Evolution or contingency? Households as transitional processes [205].

8. Household and beyond: implications and prospects for social archaeology [244].

Appendices [251]

Notes [263]

Bibliography [267]

Index [297]


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