Relations of Meaning and Relations of Membership

  • Heather Burke
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


If various forms of social identity are created through style, then any analysis of stylistic elements will describe some form of group mobilization through the use of particular stylistic elements or groups of elements. Style at this level is embedded in the first two of Stewart Clegg’s (1989) circuits of power: mobilizing relations of meaning and relations of membership. Relations of meaning incorporate a group through shared concepts of identity; relations of membership establish the boundaries of the group and negotiate the processes of inclusion and exclusion.


Late Period Public Building Private House Stylistic Feature Middle Period 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Burke
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  1. 1.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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