Enduring relations: exploring a paradox of new materialism
journal contributionposted 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.
This article arises from a period of discussion during a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for one of us (OH) at Newcastle University.
CitationJournal 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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