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Enduring relations: exploring a paradox of new materialism

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posted on 2015-04-08, 09:25 authored by C. Fowler, Oliver J. T. Harris
In this paper we examine tensions between understandings of material things as either bundles of relations or as things-in-themselves. Rather than take either of these positions, we instead set out an argument for approaches that allow us to modulate between these understandings whilst treating both as relational. Taking such a position allows us to understand how things endure through time without returning to any notion of essence. We explore the theoretical arguments through an analysis of one particular enduring material phenomenon: the Neolithic chambered tomb of West Kennet.

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This article arises from a period of discussion during a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for one of us (OH) at Newcastle University.

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Citation

Journal of Material Culture, March 25, 2015

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND LAW/School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of Material Culture

Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd.

issn

1359-1835

eissn

1460-3586

Copyright date

2015

Available date

2015-04-08

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http://mcu.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/07/1359183515577176

Language

en

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