19 Social Theory of Technology

Pottery is fully involved in the daily life of people, either individually or collectively, and is a key element in a wide range of activities. Thus, human communities create, use and discard material culture that is strongly related to the values, needs, norms and beliefs of the groups. Within each group, material culture can also inform about the specificity of each of the individuals that takes part in it. In this sense, objects and individuals depend on each other and can be only understood by considering both of them together. Archaeologically, these kinds of perspectives on material culture involves going beyond materiality itself and the explanatory models based on functionalism and ecology, as well as overcoming ...

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