Material culture: the concrete dimension of social relations

Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas. 2011;6(1):11-23


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Journal Title: Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas

ISSN: 1981-8122 (Print); 2178-2547 (Online)

Publisher: Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi

LCC Subject Category: History America: Latin America. Spanish America | Social Sciences

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese

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Tania Andrade Lima


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Abstract | Full Text

By investigating the emergence, maintenance and transformation of sociocultural systems, Archaeology basically works with three closely inter-related dimensions: space, time, and form. The latter has seen the greatest diversity in approaches over the course of Archaeology's construction as a discipline. This article presents the conceptions of material culture developed by various schools of archaeological thought. Wrongly understood until the 1980s as an unproblematic dimension, a passive reflection of human behavior, some authors since then have explored its active and transformative role in social negotiations, making it the concrete dimension of relations inside the society.