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La Saisonnalité des Techniques

Sillar, B; (2010) La Saisonnalité des Techniques (Benguigui, M, Trans.). Techniques & Culture (52-53) 90 - 119. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper discusses seasonal changes in technical activities as an example of how technologies are socially embedded. It argues that while some technological choices are partly a response to seasonal shifts in environmental conditions, seasonality also provides a rhythm to social life that has economic, political and ideological motivations and consequences. The seasonal availability of resources and the presence or absence of specific environmental conditions has repercussions that affect a wide range of technical activities, and this paper considers the relationship between agricultural production and craft activities in the Andean Highlands. Seasonal changes in the organisation of labour within Andean agricultural are also influential in the organisation of craft production, and communities with distinct craft specialisations play a major role in the maintenance of social relations and cultural understandings.

Type: Article
Title: La Saisonnalité des Techniques
Location: France
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://tc.revues.org/4799
Language: French
Additional information: Issue edited by Ludovic Coupaye et Laurence Douny. Full text made available by kind permission of publisher
Keywords: Embedded Technologies, Seasonality, Labour Exchange, Craft Specialisation, Andes
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1312384
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