Historical Archaeology

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 209–210 | Cite as

Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation: Between Text and Practice

Barbara Hausmair, Ben Jervis, Ruth Nugent, and Eleanor Williams (editors), Berghahn Books, New York, NY, 2018. 344 pp. $130.00 cloth
  • Maria O′DonovanEmail author
Book Review

The theme of Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation: Between Text and Practicemay strike many archaeologists as one that does not need a dedicated subject treatment. Regulated behavior structured by cultural norms, prohibitions, or social consensus is the basis of much archaeological patterning. The introduction to the volume written by the four editors succinctly makes the case that the complexity of rules and regulations as active forces in the social and material worlds has been neglected in archaeology. They argue that people have a wide range of experiences with rules and regulations that can shape identity, bodily practice, consciousness, and space/place. This position is clearly informed by actor-network and practice theories, and most of the 15 case studies that follow adhere to these perspectives. The other unifying theme of the book, which the introduction describes as an interdisciplinary approach, is the integration, and mutual interrogation, of documentary and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Binghamton UniversityBinghamtonU.S.A.

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