An Archaeology of Social Space: Analyzing Coffee Plantations in Jamaica's Blue Mountains

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 30, 1998 - History - 243 pages
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James Delle has solved a number of problems in Caribbean archaeology with An Archaeology of Social Space. He deals with most of the problems by using historical archaeology, and clearly implicates Ameri canist prehistorians. Although this book is about coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains area of Jamaica, it is actually about the whole Caribbean. Just as it is about all archaeology, not only historical archaeology, it is also a book about colonialism and national inde pendence and how these two enormous events happened in the context of eighteenth and nineteenth century capitalism. The first issue raised appears to be an academic topic that has come to be known as landscape archaeology. Landscape archaeology considers the planned spaces around living places. The topic is big, comprehensive, and new within historical archaeology. Its fundamen tal insight is that in the early modern and modern worlds everything within view could be made into money. Seeing occurs in space and from 1450, or a little before, everything that could be seen could, potentially, be measured. The measuring-and the accompanying culture of record ing called a scriptural economy-became a way of controlling people in space, for a profit. Dr. Delle thus explores maps, local philosophies of settlement, town dwelling, housing, and the actual condition of plantations and their buildings now, so as to describe coffee-Jamaica from 1790-1860.
  

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Page 222 - H. 1976 Trade Networks and Interaction Spheres A View from Silcott. Historical Archaeology 10:99-112.

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James A. Delle is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania. He is former chief editor and current member of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology editorial board, and currently associate editor of Historical Archaeology. He is a member of the executive board of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. Delle is author of An Archaeology of Social Space; co-editor of Lines That Divide: Historical Archaeologies of Race, Class, and Gender and Out of Many, One People: The Historical Archaeology of Colonial Jamaica; and editor of Limits of Tyranny: Archaeological Perspectives on the Struggle against New World Slavery. Delle has published articles in the Journal of Social Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Northeast Historical Archaeology, the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, and Archaeologies.

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