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From Structure to (Communities of) Practice: Ceramic Technology and Cultural Identity in the Bronze Age Black Sea


 
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1. Title Title of document From Structure to (Communities of) Practice: Ceramic Technology and Cultural Identity in the Bronze Age Black Sea - Renewing the Search for Structure
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Alexander A. Bauer; City University of New York;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) pottery technology; communities of practice; interaction; identity
 
5. Subject Subject classification ceramic analysis
 
6. Description Abstract Multi-dimensional and multi-scalar analyses of ceramic structure can yield important information about the manufacturing processes employed in their production. The identification of such practices have allowed archaeologists to make inferences about the technological and social choices people in the past may have made in producing material culture, and how those choices may have acted as statements of both individual and group identity. Within such analysis, the concept of “communities of practice, originally developed as a theory of social learning, may be particularly helpful for understanding the formation of community identities through craft production. Using a chaîne opératoire approach informed by the concept of “communities of practice,” this chapter presents the results of a nested analytical study of prehistoric pottery-making practices from several communities along the Black Sea coast in order to interpret the emergence of shared pottery traditions across the region. This analysis suggests that from the end of the 4th to the early 3rd millennium BC a distinct and shared “Black Sea culture” developed across the region as a result of increased social interaction and in response to larger, interregional dynamics. This case illustrates how the integration of multi-scalar technological practice analysis with theories of craft production can identify patterns of social relations and identity in the past.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2021
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/24656
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24656
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Renewing the Search for Structure
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Black Sea region,
Bronze Age
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd