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Ontology, ethnography, archaeology: an afterword on the ontography of things

Holbraad, M; (2009) Ontology, ethnography, archaeology: an afterword on the ontography of things. Cambridge Archaeological Journal , 19 (3) 431 - 441. 10.1017/S0959774309000614. Green open access

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Abstract

In commenting on the preceding articles of the Special Section, this afterword elaborates on the methodological and analytical implications for archaeology of the ontological alterity of animist phenomena. If such phenomena are challenging because they transgress the conceptual coordinates of archaeologists' habitual interpretive repertoires (mind vs matter, materiality vs culture, etc.), then what might archaeology's response to such challenges be, what might be distinctively archaeological about it, and how might it compare to related concerns among socio-cultural anthropologists and philosophers?

Type:Article
Title:Ontology, ethnography, archaeology: an afterword on the ontography of things
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1017/S0959774309000614
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959774309000614
Language:English
Additional information:© 2009 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Keywords:ontology, ethnography, archaeology, material culture, anthropology
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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