Crafting in the World

Materiality in the Making

  • Clare Burke
  • Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Clare Burke, Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
    Pages 1-16
  3. Reconstructing Ancient Craft Practice Through Archaeology and Experiment

  4. Reconceptualizing Crafting and Identity

  5. Teaching, Learning, and Experiencing Crafts

  6. Socio-politics and the Changing Meanings of Crafting in Modern Societies

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-295

About this book


This volume expands understandings of crafting practices, which in the past was the major relational interaction between the social agency of materials, technology, and people, in co-creating an emergent ever-changing world. The chapters discuss different ways that crafting in the present is useful in understanding crafting experiences and methods in the past, including experiments to reproduce ancient excavated objects, historical accounts of crafting methods and experiences, craft revivals, and teaching historical crafts at museums and schools.  

Crafting in the World is unique in the diversity of its theoretical and multidisciplinary approaches to researching crafting, not just as a set of techniques for producing functional objects, but as social practices and technical choices embodying cultural ideas, knowledge, and multiple interwoven social networks. Crafting expresses and constitutes mental schemas, identities, ideologies, and cultures. The multiple meanings and significances of crafting are explored from a great variety of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, archaeology, sociology, education, psychology, women’s studies, and ethnic studies.

This book provides a deep temporal range and a global geographical scope, with case studies ranging from Europe, Africa, and Asia to the Americas and a global internet website for selling home crafted items.


Conceptualizations of crafting anthropological literature hand manufacture and factory production social practices shaping the material world through choices expressing functional and symbolic meanings within a work performing hand crafting that form meaning-in-the-making

Editors and affiliations

  • Clare Burke
    • 1
  • Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Oriental and European ArchaeologyAustrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Anthropology Social Work and Criminal JusticeOakland UniversityRochester HillsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65087-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65088-3
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