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By Stella G. Souvatzi

The examine of families and daily life is more and more famous as primary in social archeological research. This quantity is the 1st to deal with the loved ones as a method and as a conceptual and analytical potential in which we will be able to interpret social association from the ground up. utilizing distinct case reports from Neolithic Greece, Stella Souvatzi examines how the loved ones is outlined socially, culturally, and traditionally; she discusses loved ones and neighborhood, variability, construction and replica, person and collective business enterprise, identification, switch, complexity, and integration. Her research is enriched through an in-depth dialogue of the framework for the loved ones within the social sciences and the synthesis of many anthropological, ancient, and sociological examples. It reverses the view of the family as passive, ahistorical, and strong, displaying it as an alternative to be energetic, dynamic, and always moving.

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Many of these have focused 29 30 THE HOUSEHOLD AS PROCESS IN A SOCIAL ARCHAEOLOGY on deconstruction of the separation of craft specialisation and surplus production from the domestic domain. For instance, food, ceramic, shell, and textile production, traditionally attributed to women and the domestic domain, have been shown to be not only essential to household economic and social reproduction, but also specialised and often involving all sex and age groups of a household (Hendon 1996,1997; Mills 2000).

Reconceptualising the household and rethinking old approaches presents a new perspective on social reality and can stimulate dialogue and exchange. In developing such a theory, it is useful to consider how indeed we can benefit from areas of social thought we might have not drawn inspiration as yet. The Problem of Indeterminacy A key problem ofany interpretative theory about household organisation is the nature of the relationship between household morphology, activity, and ideology, the individual and the household, and the household and the society within 31 32 THE HOUSEHOLD AS PROCESS IN A SOCIAL ARCHAEOLOGY which it exists.

For example, Byrd (1994, 2000, 2005) provides such an all-encompassing model of household changes in relation to the emergence oflarge settlements and of centralised power, drawing on data from southwest Asia in the period between the eleventh and ninth millennia Be. , single-roomed versus multiroomed), the distinction between private and public space, the impact of greater settlement permanence and population size, and the circumscription of resources (Byrd 2000: 85). The inferences are that (i) increasing building size and compartmentalisation reflect increased spatial restriction of household production and storage, and therefore increased household autonomy, possibly the result of population growth (Byrd 1994: 641); (ii) increased household autonomy facilitates increased productivity and encourages group conflict, jealousy, and resource competition; and (iii) centralised coordinating functions, as indicated by the presence of large, nondomestic buildings, emerged in order to deal with conflict resolution and the need for regulation of subsistence activities and access to resources (Byrd 1994: 643, 660).

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