The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture

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The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture

by Jane Eva Baxter

AltaMira Press | January 18, 2005 | Hardcover |

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The study of children and childhood in historical and prehistoric life is an overlooked area of study that Jane Baxter addresses in this brief book. Her timely contribution stresses the importance of studying children as active participants in past cultures, instead of regarding them mainly for their effect on adult life. Using the critical concepts of gender and socialization, she develops new theoretical and methodological approaches for the archaeological study of this large but invisible population. Baxter presents examples from the analysis of toys, miniatures, and other objects traditionally associated with children, from the gendered distribution of activity space, from the remains of children-as-apprentices, and from mortuary evidence. Baxter''s work will aid archaeologists bring a more nuanced understanding of children''s role in the historical and archaeological record.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: January 18, 2005

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0759103313

ISBN - 13: 9780759103313

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The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture

by Jane Eva Baxter

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: January 18, 2005

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0759103313

ISBN - 13: 9780759103313

About the Book

The study of children and childhood in historical and prehistoric life is an overlooked area of study that Jane Baxter addresses in this brief book. Her timely contribution stresses the importance of studying children as active participants in past cultures, instead of regarding them mainly for their effect on adult life. Using the critical concepts of gender and socialization, she develops new theoretical and methodological approaches for the archaeological study of this large but invisible population.

Table of Contents

Part 1 CHAPTER 1: The Archaeology of Childhood in Context Chapter 2 Childhood in Anthropology Chapter 3 Childhood in Archaeology Chapter 4 The Importance of an Archaeology of Childhood Chapter 5 Chapter Organization Part 6 CHAPTER 2: Theorizing Childhood in Archaeology Chapter 7 Introducing the Child''s World Chapter 8 Children and Gender: Cultural Categories in Archaeology Chapter 9 Children as Active Participants in the Past Chapter 10 Moving forward: Socialization and the Study of Childhood Part 11 CHAPTER 3: The Cultural Creation of Childhood: The Idea of Socialization Chapter 12 The Concept of Socialization: An Intergenerational Discourse Chapter 13 Agents of Socialization and the Imparting of Cultural Knowledge Chapter 14 Socialization in the Past Chapter 15 Socialization Across Cultures Part 16 CHAPTER 4: Socialization and the Material Culture of Childhood Chapter 17 Multiple Meanings and Material Culture Chapter 18 Socialization in the Use of Material Culture: Toys and Playthings Chapter 19 Identifying Toys in Archaeological Contexts Chapter 20 Socialization in the Making of Material Culture: Apprenticeship and Situated Learning Chapter 21 Studying Apprenticeship and Learning in the Archaeological Record Part 22 CHAPTER 5: Socialization, Behavior, and the Spaces and Places of Childhood Chapter 23 Children as a "Distorting Factor" in the Archaeological Record Chapter 24 Socialization and the Use of Space Chapter 25 Children at Play Chapter 26 Children at Work Chapter 2
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The study of children and childhood in historical and prehistoric life is an overlooked area of study that Jane Baxter addresses in this brief book. Her timely contribution stresses the importance of studying children as active participants in past cultures, instead of regarding them mainly for their effect on adult life. Using the critical concepts of gender and socialization, she develops new theoretical and methodological approaches for the archaeological study of this large but invisible population. Baxter presents examples from the analysis of toys, miniatures, and other objects traditionally associated with children, from the gendered distribution of activity space, from the remains of children-as-apprentices, and from mortuary evidence. Baxter''s work will aid archaeologists bring a more nuanced understanding of children''s role in the historical and archaeological record.

About the Author

Jane Eva Baxter is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and a member of the American Studies Program Committee at DePaul University in Chicago.

Editorial Reviews

The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture is a valuable addition to the growing corpus of literature that explores ways for archaeologists to incorporate past children and childhood into their research. Baxter provides a particularly comprehensive and up-to-date review of the existing archaeological and cultural research.
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