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Urbanity, Decline and Regeneration in Later Medieval England. Towards a Posthuman Household Microhistory

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posted on 2024-02-09, 14:28 authored by Ben Jervis

It is proposed that combining a microhistorical approach with the frameworks offered by household archaeology and posthumanism provides a way of rethinking what urbanity means in archaeological (specifically later medieval) contexts. This approach is deployed to challenge generalising approaches which obscure the complexity, vibrancy and generative capacity of past urbanities. Focussing on the question of the fortunes of later medieval small towns in England, a posthuman household microhistory of two households in the town of Steyning (southern England) is presented. This demonstrates how a focus on the practices undertaken by, and relational constitution of, households can reveal difference and open new avenues for understanding past urbanity.

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Urban Life in a Time of Crisis: Enduring Urban Lifeways in Later Medieval England (ENDURE)

UK Research and Innovation

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School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester

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Open Archaeology

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De Gruyter Open

issn

2300-6560

Copyright date

2024

Available date

2024-01-17

Language

en

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All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article.

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