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Towns and cities. A commentary on ‘performing towns’

  • Monica L. Smith
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In this paper, Axel Christophersen does three important things. First, he addresses the way in which the inhabitants of premodern cities created an urban ethos through their cumulative daily actions. Second, he provides the opportunity to address a long-standing definitional challenge in the study of cities by examining what it means to undergo a process of ‘urbanization’. Finally, he focuses our attention on medieval Scandinavia as a region that has had a considerable amount of archaeological research but with which many readers may not be familiar compared to other historical periods in Europe.

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*Monica L. Smith, Department of Anthropology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. Email: smith@anthro.ucla.edu.
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Archaeological Dialogues
  • ISSN: 1380-2038
  • EISSN: 1478-2294
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