Conclusion: Reflections and implications

Lacey B. Carpenter, Anna Marie Prentiss

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To conclude the volume, we revisit the three core themes outlined in the introduction and developed in the case studies and perspectives chapters. We recognize diverse house forms and functions, a wide range of social-political contexts, multiple approaches to social networks, and many narratives of change. It is clear that understanding diversity requires that we appreciate both universal forces and particularistic circumstances in individual cases. To demonstrate the utility of this approach in diverse contexts, we present two final case studies from the Bridge River Site in British Columbia, Canada and the Tilcajete Sites in Oaxaca, Mexico. We suggest a number of considerations and broader implications for this research. Household-centered approaches to social change are particularly adept at addressing the interplay between pressures or constraints and opportunities or choices observable through the many material signatures of domestic life. We advocate for an approach that acknowledges both change and continuity but prioritizes relationships with and between households, which allow us to better understand the recursive ties between households and other social networks or institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeology of Households, Kinship, and Social Change
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781000464917
ISBN (Print)9780367624194
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


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