Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 213-250

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Landscapes, Houses, Bodies, Things: “Place” and the Archaeology of Inuit Imaginaries

  • Peter WhitridgeAffiliated withArchaeology Unit, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Although the dichotomization of space and place has spawned a lively archaeological discussion, it threatens to devolve into a troublesome binary like sex/gender. Local place-making and universalizing spatial science are not so neatly segregated. Rather than dividing and bounding the notion of an investment of locations with meaning, it can be extended to describe the intricate topologies of bodies and things, as well as landscapes. Places emerge as sites of the hybrid articulation of representations, practices, and things, as spatialized imaginaries. The notion of imaginaries and the rethinking of place are illustrated with Inuit archaeological and ethnographic examples.

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