Wheels of Time: Some Aspects of Entanglement Theory and the Secondary Products Revolution
Author: Hodder, Ian
Source: Journal of World Prehistory, Volume 24, Numbers 2-3, September 2011 , pp. 175-187(13)
Abstract:This paper responds to that aspect of Andrew Sherratt’s writings that argued for building specifically archaeological theory. In describing a theory of entanglement, I have focused on the archaeological sensitivity to the complexities and practical interlacings of material things. The theory argues that human–thing entanglement comes about as a result of the dialectic between dependence (the reliance of humans and things on each other) and dependency (a constraining and limiting need of humans for things). Andrew’s discussion of the role of the wheel in his Secondary Products Revolution is a good example of how humans and things have become entangled so that, over the long term, we have been channeled down particular evolutionary pathways.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 94305, USA, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: September 1, 2011