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The Material Life of Human Beings: Artifacts, Behavior and Communication Paperback – May 16, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0415200332 ISBN-10: 0415200334 Edition: 1st
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Challenging social scientists who privilege language - that is, sounds and words - in the study of human behavior, Schiffer argues that people-object relations are the key to unlocking the everyday world. Putting the spotlight on things, he offers a theory of communications that is rooted not in verbal performance, but in the archaeology of daily life..
–-Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Technology and Culture

A most valuable, original, and often controversial contribution to the fundamental realisation in the social sciences that society cannot be conceived without material culture.
–Michael Shanks

About the Author

Michael Brian Schiffer is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He is well known for his work in the fields of modern material culture, archaeological theory and experimental archaeology and has published a number of books on these subjects, including The Portable Radio in American Life (1991), Behavioral Archaeology: First Principles (1995) and Taking Charge: The Electric Automobile in America (1994).Stephen J. Lee is Head of History at Bromsgrove School. His many publications include Aspects of European History (in two volumes), Peter the Great and The European Dictatorships, 1918-1945
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