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

by Jane Eva Baxter, DePaul University

AltaMira Press | January 18, 2005 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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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.

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Published: January 18, 2005

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0759115036

ISBN - 13: 9780759115033

Found in: Family and Relationships

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

by Jane Eva Baxter, DePaul University

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: January 18, 2005

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0759115036

ISBN - 13: 9780759115033

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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.