Materializing Identities: An African Perspective

  title={Materializing Identities: An African Perspective},
  author={Olivier P. Gosselain},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory},
  • O. Gosselain
  • Published 1 September 2000
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Archaeological approaches to social boundaries are currently emphasizing the dynamic nature of processes thought which individuals construct, maintain, and negotiate their identity. Although the integration of such concepts has led to a more accurate reconstruction of past social boundaries, it has also revealed a need for more sophisticated ways of interpreting material culture. This paper is a step in that direction. Focusing on pottery chaînes opératoires and addressing questions about the… 

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