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The Social Lives of Lived and Inscribed Objects: A Lapita Perspective

Journal of the Polynesian Society, The
Volume 117 Issue 1 (Mar 2008)

Abstract: As James Cook and his men on the Resolution and Discovery sailed through Polynesia and the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, they were treated to a number of welcome rituals and ceremonial performances. In this paper the author looks beyond the immediate face value of objects to a more rounded understanding of objects and their agency. The author suggests rethinking objects as social interventions and possible events rather than as portals to archaeological information. To do this I will develop a distinction drawn by feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz (1994) between lived and inscribed bodies and employ this distinction as a conceptual tool for thinking about the agency of objects, particularly Lapita pottery.

To cite this article: Marshall, Yvonne. The Social Lives of Lived and Inscribed Objects: A Lapita Perspective [online]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, The, Vol. 117, No. 1, Mar 2008: 59-101. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=184534668364244;res=IELIND> ISSN: 0032-4000. [cited 29 Apr 16].

Personal Author: Marshall, Yvonne; Source: Journal of the Polynesian Society, The, Vol. 117, No. 1, Mar 2008: 59-101 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0032-4000 Subject: Feminist theory; Lapita culture; Manners and customs; Excavations (Archaeology); Pottery, Prehistoric; Affiliation: (1) Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton

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