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Children in Action: Perspectives on the Archaeology of Childhoods

ISBN: 978-1-118-35707-1
136 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume describes broader themes and histories in the archaeological and anthropological study of childhood. Some of these broader issues include how archaeologists have situated childhood studies within the discipline, how archaeologists have identified children through the archaeological record, and how the archaeological study of childhood leads to interdisciplinary conversations across the subfields. The collection of essays addresses long-standing omission of children in the study of social, economic, religious, and political studies of the past. As such it is an important contribution to scholars of research methods, the history of the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology, social historians and those interested in cross-cultural perspectives on children.

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Introduction: The Archaeology of Childhood in Context
Jane Eva Baxter

SECTION I: ETHNOGRAPHIC AND ETHNOARCHAEOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO CHILDHOOD IN ARCHAEOLOGY

Constructing an Archaeology of Children: Studying Children and Child Material Culture from the African Past
Flordeliz T. Bugarin

Childhood Learning and the Distribution of Knowledge in Foraging Societies
Kathryn Keith

The "Nature" of Childhood: Ethnography as a Tool in Approaching Children in Archaeology
Kelly Thomas

SECTION II: CHILDREN AND MATERIAL CULTURE: IDENTIFYING CHILDREN IN THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD

Growing Up North: Exploring the Archaeology of Childhood in the Thule and Dorset Cultures of Arctic Canada
Robert W. Park

Children and Ceramic Innovation: A Study in the Archaeology of Children
Patricia E. Smith

Making Space for Children in Archaeological Interpretations
Jane Eva Baxter

Redefining Childhood through Bioarchaeology: Toward an Archaeological and Biological Understanding of Children in Antiquity
Megan A.Perry

SECTION III: COMMENTARY

Dominant Discourses; Lived Experiences: Studying the Archaeology of Children and Childhood
Kathryn A. Kamp

Materializing Children: Challenges for the Archaeology of Childhood
Helen B. Schwartzman

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Jane Eva Baxter is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at DePaul University. Her research interests include the archaeology of childhood, landscape archaeology, the archaeology of labor, identity and everyday life, contemporary material culture studies, and community-based archaeology.

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