An Anthropology of Architecture by Victor Buchli

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Ever since anthropology has existed as a discipline, anthropologists have thought about architectural forms. This book provides the first overview of how anthropologists have studied architecture and the extraordinarily rich thought and data this has produced.

With a focus on domestic space - that intimate context in which anthropologists traditionally work - the book explains how anthropologists think about public and private boundaries, gender, sex and the body, the materiality of architectural forms and materials, building technologies and architectural representations. Each chapter uses a broad range of case studies from around the world to examine from within anthropology what architecture 'does' - how it makes people and shapes, sustains and unravels social relations.

An Anthropology of Architecture is key reading for students of anthropology, material culture, geography, sociology, architectural theory, design and city planning.


About Victor Buchli

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Victor Buchli is a Lecturer, in Department of Anthropology, at the University College London. Gavin Lucas is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Iceland. He is the author of three books, Critical Approaches to Fieldwork, An Archaeology of Colonial Identity and The Archaeology of Time. He is also the editor of several volumes, including Hofsta ir: Excavations of a Viking Age Feasting Hall, Archaeologies of the of the Contemporary Past (with V. Buchli) and Interpreting Archeology (with Alexandra Alexandri et al.).
Published October 24, 2013 by Bloomsbury Academic. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Buchli notes that anthropologists tend to view state institutions such as prisons, hospitals, and schools – which tend to operate around distinctive, planned architectural forms tailored to each institution’s behavioural purpose – as not mere static vessels but as deliberately designed symbols of...

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