A ‘deep-sociological’ approach to prehistoric social formations
Individuals, social practice and social formations
The outline of the text
Social theory and archaeology
Social theory in archaeology
Different levels of study: the individual and the society
The archaeology of Foucault: mediating micro–macro perspectives
The duality of structure and agency: Bourdieu and Giddens
Operationalising dualities. Structuration theory in practice
Towards a multi-methodological approach
Summary: Theory, operations and data
Interpreting burials without tricorder?
The relevance of time and space: prehistoric world-systems?
Comparing apples and oranges?
Towards a general concept of prehistoric social formations
Framing social formations: Boundaries and levels of study
Spatial aspects of social practice
Towards an archaeology of locales
The environment, objects and social practice
Different approaches to archaeological environments
The phenomenological approach: experiencing landscapes
The social landscape
The structuration of locales: expanding structuration theory
Operative strategies: embodied maps
Objects, material culture and social practice
Archaeological approaches: style, function and symbolism
Reading material culture?
Social approaches to material culture
Summary:Materialities and social practice
The social individual
and the Other(s)
Who is the social agent?
The social individual: between roles, identity and institutions?
Cultural dopes or knowledgeable agents?
Hormones and the sexing of the brain
Human nature – animal nature: the individual as a primate
Embodiment theory: corporeal materialism or ‘light’ sociobiology?
Social aspects of corporealities and physiognomy
The body as metaphor
Psychological aspects of the individual: the Ego and the Other(s)
The three little agents and the big bad Freud
Me, myself and I: the sociopsychology of George Herbert Mead
Jean-Paul Sartre: the temporality of the conscious
The Other point of view. Lacan on the imaginary and the symbolic
The symbolic order: a final frontier of social practice?
Merging social and psychological theory
The constitution of the social subject
On the constitution and initiation of social practice
Charisma and initiators of discursive practice
Motivational effects: desire, ontological trust, and a will to know
Summary: individuals, discourse and the Other(s)
suggestions of further studies
Suggestions for empirical studies