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Chaînes Opératoire, Transect et Théories. Quelques réflexions sur le parcours d’une méthode classique

Coupaye, Ludovic; (2015) Chaînes Opératoire, Transect et Théories. Quelques réflexions sur le parcours d’une méthode classique. In: André Leroi-Gourhan « l'homme, tout simplement ». (pp. 69-84). Éditions de Boccard: Paris, France. Green open access

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Abstract

The “chaîne opératoire” (operational sequence) is one of the main methodological tools established by André Leroi-Gourhan for the archaeology and the anthropology of techniques and technology. This chapter investigates its ethnographical and epistemological usefulness for contemporary theoretical debates in anthropology of material culture which dominate the Anglophone domains. Using his own ethnographic, methodological and theoretical experimentations, the author suggests using the operational sequence as a transect within the lived reality, in which social and material domains are entangled. Using Marcel Mauss suggestions, the operational sequence can then describe the heterogeneity of the elements – material or not, tangible or intangible – recruited by the “actor” and mobilised by the process and encapsulated within the finished product. It is this heterogeneity that one can use to submit some of contemporary concepts under the light of empiricism, to test and specify their usefulness, to confirm or reject their validity within a particular ethnographic context.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Chaînes Opératoire, Transect et Théories. Quelques réflexions sur le parcours d’une méthode classique
ISBN-13: 9782701803593
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.deboccard.com/fr/
Language: French
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1466639
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