Investments of Meaning
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The notion that the spatial distribution of stylistic elements is not random, but is instead related to the patterning of specific groups, and thus to the way society is organized, is not a new concept (see, for example, Hill 1970; 1972; Longacre 1970; 1972). Linking this variability to issues of social power and to the construction of ideology, however, is a direction becoming increasingly common to archaeological analysis, particularly within historical archaeology. This is one of the main strengths of archaeology, and one of the few contributions it can make to the analysis of ideology, that is, contributing to the understanding of the material character of the production of a social order.
KeywordsSocial Identity Loaded Perception Historical Archaeology Capitalist Society Stylistic Feature
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