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The Archaeology of Class in Urban America

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  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107407633

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  • This book explores the material dimensions of class formation in eighteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, and nineteenth-century Lowell, Massachusetts. During their economic peaks these cities represented perhaps the purist forms of capitalism in North America. The two cities reveal contrasting portraits of class identity, one based upon the analysis of material culture and spatial practices, and one based upon the examination of environmental conditions and health. This ground-breaking study argues that notions of class incorporating variables such as ethnicity and gender were shaped by the shifting ecologies of capitalism itself.

    • Presents a vivid reconstruction of the lives of workers in some of the earliest centres of capitalism in North America
    • Provides an in-depth analysis of material realities drawing on archaeological, environmental and documentary evidence
    • Fully supports the study with illustrations, maps and tables
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    "An important contribution to the understanding of 18th- and 19-th century urban life." -- Choice

    "...The Archaeology of Class in Urban America is a strong example of the multifaceted, interdisciplinary research that characterizes historical archaeology as a field of inquiry. ... delivers on its promises. ...It is a rich interdisciplinary text...accessible and interesting to a wide array of audiences. --H-Net Reviews

    "...this volume is a valuable contribution to the literature of historical archaeology. It is well illustrated, parsimoniously written, intelligent and imaginative in its interpretation of the empirical evidence and historical literature." --Canadian Journal of Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107407633
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Individuals in context: the world of eighteenth century Newport
    3. Shifting the focus: archaeology of the urban household
    4. A new world created: nineteenth century Lowell
    5. Interrogating the experiment: Lowell's urban space and culture
    6. Conclusion: contested spaces and the threads of everyday life
    7. Epilogue: towards a dialectical archaeology of class
    Appendix A. Isolating and dating archaeological assemblages in the urban context.

  • Author

    Stephen A. Mrozowski, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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