By Stella G. Souvatzi
The research of families and daily life is more and more famous as basic in social archeological research. This quantity is the 1st to handle the loved ones as a strategy and as a conceptual and analytical ability by which we will interpret social association from the ground up. utilizing exact case reviews from Neolithic Greece, Stella Souvatzi examines how the family is outlined socially, culturally, and traditionally; she discusses family and neighborhood, variability, construction and replica, person and collective enterprise, identification, switch, complexity, and integration. Her research is enriched through an in-depth dialogue of the framework for the family within the social sciences and the synthesis of many anthropological, old, and sociological examples. It reverses the view of the family as passive, ahistorical, and reliable, exhibiting it as an alternative to be energetic, dynamic, and regularly transferring.
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Given that household is a concept and a reality whose study and understanding relate closely to, and can be biased by, the sociocultural and political backgrounds of the researcher, such criticism is neither surprising nor unconstructive. Its starting aim was to eschew apriori definitions of this diverse social unit, on the one hand, but, also the endless and fruitless reductionism which the seeking out of its functions and definitions in each different society could bring, on the other. Similarly, uncritical focus on the household maintains ethnocentric or idealist attitudes presuming sharing and harmony and fails to recognise that there may instead be considerable inequality, domination, and exploitation based on gender, age, and individual status.
CONCLUSION: HOUSEHOLD AS PROCESS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES In this chapter, I have attempted to outline the context ofresearch on household in the social sciences and the multitude of ways in which household can be analysed. I have focused on two main points. The first is that, both as a notion and as a social reality, household must not be taken for granted; rather, it should CONCLUSION: HOUSEHOLD AS PROCESS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES be analysed in and of itself. The other point is that household is a dialectical process.
A general conceptual intricacy relates to the fact that every social group has spatial dimensions but not every social group is a household. A good example is the Serbian zadruga, in which the constituent subgroupings of the extended household occupy cabins surrounding a central house or rooms, usually for the use of conjugal pairs, built onto the main accommodation (Byrnes 1976; Hammel 1972). Conversely, the large family-communities of medieval France formed one co-resident group, amounting usually to thirty or forty people, occupying one large and partitioned house and consisting of several households (Segalen 1986: 14-17).
A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece: An Anthropological Approach by Stella G. Souvatzi