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

Paperback | January 17, 2005

byJane Eva Baxter

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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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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 cri...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.96 × 5.84 × 0.4 inPublished:January 17, 2005Publisher:AltaMira PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0759103321

ISBN - 13:9780759103320

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Table of Contents

1.The Archaeology of Childhood in ContextChildhood in AnthropologyChildhood in ArchaeologyThe Importance of an Archaeology of ChildhoodChapter Organization2. Theorizing Childhood in ArchaeologyIntroducing the Child's WorldChildren and Gender: Cultural Categories in ArchaeologyChildren as Active Participants in the PastMoving forward: Socialization and the Study of Childhood3. The Cultural Creation of Childhood: The Idea of SocializationThe Concept of Socialization: An Intergenerational DiscourseAgents of Socialization and the Imparting of Cultural KnowledgeSocialization in the PastSocialization Across Cultures4. Socialization and the Material Culture of ChildhoodMultiple Meanings and Material CultureSocialization in the Use of Material Culture: Toys and PlaythingsIdentifying Toys in Archaeological ContextsSocialization in the Making of Material Culture: Apprenticeship and Situated LearningStudying Apprenticeship and Learning in the Archaeological Record5. Socialization, Behavior, and the Spaces and Places of ChildhoodChildren as a "Distorting Factor" in the Archaeological RecordSocialization and the Use of SpaceChildren at PlayChildren at WorkChildren and Space across CulturesChildren and Space in the Archaeological RecordSocialization, Space and Archaeology of Childhood6. Socialization, Symbols, and Artistic Representations of ChildrenDepicting Childhood, Depicting GenderChildren at Work and at PlayChild Rearing and ParentingChildren as Cultural Symbols7. Socialization, Childhood, and Mortuary RemainsWhat are we studying when we analyze mortuary remains?Children as a Category in Mortuary ArchaeologyIdentifying Age Based Categories through Mortuary RemainsChildhood Health, Nutrition, and MortalityChildren and the Elucidation of Horizontal Social CategoriesChildren as Indicators of Vertical Social StatusMortuary Monuments and Representations of Children8. Themes and Lessons from the Archaeology of ChildhoodSocialization, Gender, and the Cultural Construction of ChildhoodCasting Children as ActorsChild, Family, Community, SocietyAll Archaeology is the Archaeology of ChildhoodBibliographyIndex

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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.