New Materialisms Ancient Urbanisms

Susan M. Alt, Timothy R. Pauketat

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Abstract

The future of humanity is urban, and knowledge of urbanism’s deep past is critical for us all to navigate that future. The time has come for archaeologists to rethink this global phenomenon by asking what urbanism is and, more to the point, was. Can we truly understand ancient urbanism by only asking after the human element, or are the properties and qualities of landscapes, materials, and atmospheres equally causal?

The nine authors of New Materialisms Ancient Urbanisms seek less anthropocentric answers to questions about the historical relationships between urbanism and humanity in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. They analyze the movements and flows of materials, things, phenomena, and beings—human and otherwise—as these were assembled to produce the kinds of complex, dense, and stratified relationships that we today label urban. In so doing, the book emerges as a work of both theory and historical anthropology. It breaks new ground in the archaeology of urbanism, building on the latest ‘New Materialist’, ‘relational-ontological’, and ‘realist’ trends in social theory.

This book challenges a new generation of students to think outside the box, and provides scholars of urbanism, archaeology, and anthropology with a fresh perspective on the development of urban society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781351008471, 9781351008488
ISBN (Print)9781138542501, 9781138542464
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 27 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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  • Research Output

    Immanence and the Spirit of Ancient Urbanism at Paquimé and Liangzhu

    Pauketat, T. R., Jan 1 2019, New Materialisms Ancient Urbanisms. Alt, S. M. & Pauketat, T. R. (eds.). Routledge, p. 130-157 28 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Introducing New Materialisms, Rethinking Ancient Urbanisms

    Pauketat, T. R., Aug 22 2019, New Materialisms Ancient Urbanisms. Alt, S. M. & Pauketat, T. R. (eds.). Routledge, p. 1-18 18 p.

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