A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece: An Anthropological Approach (Cambridge Studies in Archaeology)

A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece: An Anthropological Approach (Cambridge Studies in Archaeology)

By: Stella G. Souvatzi (author)Paperback

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The study of households and everyday life is increasingly recognized as fundamental in social archaeological analysis. This volume addresses 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.

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Stella G. Souvatzi is Lecturer in Hellenic Civilization at the Hellenic Open University in Athens, Greece. A scholar of Neolithic Greece, she has conducted extensive fieldwork in Greece and has received support from the Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation, the A. G. Leventis Foundation, and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory. She has published widely on households, houses and communities in the British School at Athens Studies and in several edited collections.


1. The household in the social sciences; 2. The household as process in a social archaeology; 3. The Neolithic of Greece; 4. The ideal and the real: the examples of Early Neolithic Nea Nikomedeia and Middle Neolithic Sesklo; 5. Complexity is not only about hierarchy: Late Neolithic Dimini, a detailed case study in household organisation; 6. Homogeneity or diversity? Households as variable processes; 7. Evolution or contingency? Households as transitional processes; 8. Household and beyond: implications and prospects for social archaeology.

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  • publication date: 26/05/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107684843
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • ID: 9781107684843
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 1107684846

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