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People, Places and Possessions


Edited By Antony Buxton, Linda Hulin and Jane Anderson

Central to human life and experience, habitation forms a context for enquiry within many disciplines. This collection brings together perspectives on human habitation in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, social history, material culture, literature, art and design, and architecture. Significant shared themes are the physical and social structuring of space, practice and agency, consumption and gender, and permanence and impermanence. Topics range from archaeological artefacts to architectural concepts, from Romano-British consumption to the 1950s Playboy apartment, from historical elite habitation to present-day homelessness, from dwelling «on the move» to the crisis of household dissolution, and from interior design to installation art. Not only is this volume a rich resource of varied aspects and contexts of habitation, it also provides compelling examples of the potential for interdisciplinary conversations around significant shared themes.


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JANE ANDERSON is an architect and Principal Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University where she is the Programme Lead for Undergraduate Architecture and runs OB1 LIVE, a programme of live projects designed and implemented by students in collaboration with the local community. She is the author of Architectural Design (AVA, 2011). Her research interests include the relationship between reality and imagination in architecture; interdisciplinary connections and collaborations between art, literature, music and architecture; the work of John Hejduk; live projects and the pedagogy of architectural design. She is co-founder of the Live Projects Network, an online resource to connect students, academics, practitioners and clients involved in live projects. In 2014, Jane was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. FRANCES f. BERDAN is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino, USA. She received her BA degree in Geography at Michigan State University and her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Her research focuses on ethnohistori- cal, archaeological, experimental archaeological, linguistic and ethno- graphic approaches to Aztec, colonial and contemporary native Mexican economies, societies and cultures. Her interdisciplinary works include a four-volume edition of The Codex Mendoza (1992, co-authored), Aztec Imperial Strategies (1996, co-authored), The Postclassic Mesoamerican World (2003, co-edited), and Ethnic Identity in Nahua Mesoamerica (2008, co- authored). Her most recent book is Aztec Archaeology and Ethnohistory (2014, Cambridge University Press). ANTONY BUXTON lectures on design history, material and domestic culture at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. A first degree in archaeology and anthropology and an...

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