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Title: Postscript: Doing Agency in Archaeology
Authors: Joyce, Rosemary A. 1956-; Lopiparo, Jeanne
Date: 2005
Source: Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 12(4):365-374
Abstract: We argue that since agency and structure are indivisible parts of a single process through which society is continuously created over time, everything that persists or changes in archaeological sites is evidence of agency. The challenge is to adopt appropriate descriptive levels and language to avoid falsely dividing agency and structure. Successful archaeological studies use networks and chains as models or metaphors for connections in sequences of action over time. We argue that models must also link micro-scale actions to outcomes on the macroscale. Because theories of agency differ in the degree of freedom of action they assume, archaeologists must also clearly identify their own position with respect to constraints on action.
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