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Domestic Architecture and the Use of Space

This text investigates the relationship between the built environment and the organization of space. The contributors are classical and prehistoric archaeologists, anthropologists, and architects, who form their different backgrounds are able to provide some important and original insights into this relationship. They explore the fundamental role of culture as expressed in technology, symbolism, sociopolitical organization and economics, and draw on case studies from past and present groups in North America, South America, Africa, and elsewhere.
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1. Activity areas and architecture: an interdisciplinary view of the relationship between use of space and domestic built environments Susan Kent; 2. Systems of activities and systems of settings Amos Rapoport; 3. Domestic space and the tenacity of tradition among some Betsileo of Madagascar Susan Kus and Victor Raharijaona; 4. The built environment and consumer decisions Richard R. Wilk; 5. Behavioural conventions and archaeology: methods for the analysis of ancient architecture Donald Sanders; 6. Public collective and private space: a study of urban housing in Switzerland Roderick J. Lawrence; 7. Domestic space in the Greek city-state Michael H. Jameson; 8. A structuring structure: the Swahili house Linda W. Donley-Reid; 9. A cross-cultural study of segmentation, architecture and the use of space Susan Kent; 10. Domestic space and social structure in pre-Columbian northern Peru Garth Bawden.


'Kent and her collaborators offer a stimlating array of perspectives on the form and use of domestic space. The diversity of approaches taken is valuable both for developing research design and for provoking exciting classroom discussion.' Wendy Ashmore, University of Pennsylvania 'This corpus of papers is certainly a valuable contribution to research on the creation, use and meaning of the built environment.' Michael Adler, Journal of Anthropological Research '... this collection brings together studies and theoretical papers on functional and symbolic spatial relationships in buildings and settlements. Drawing upon examples from a wide range of cultures it is invaluable to researchers in both ethnoarchaeology and vernacular architecture.' Paul Oliver, Editor The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World 'The theoretical scope of this volume holds great import not only for prehistorians and ethnoarchaeologists but for historical and urban archaeologists as well.' Belinda Blomberg, American Antiquity 'This corpus of papers is certainly a valuable contribution to research on the creation, use and meaning of the built environment.' Michael Adler, Journal of Anthropological Research

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