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Gravestones

Reflectors of Ethnicity or Class?
  • Lynn Clark

Abstract

When we walk through a cemetery, we see in each gravestone the end result of a series of choices made by the individuals who purchased the stones. We see differences in the size, shape, material, and decoration of each gravestone, and we assume that the consumer was able to choose freely from all the available options. All possible choices, however, are not open to every consumer. The complex interaction of the individual’s ethnicity and class standing acts as a constraint on the available options. The selections a consumer makes, in turn, modifies the interaction of ethnicity and class. This relationship between ethnicity and class will be explored by studying its effect on the consumer choices available for gravestones.

Keywords

Consumer Choice Historical Archaeology Test Implication Class Standing Burial Practice 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Clark
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyState University of New YorkBinghamtonUSA

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