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Introduction: Entangling Artisanal and Industrial Work in Archaeologies of Creativity

Author(s): Timothy Scarlett

Year: 2013

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This paper begins with an overview of various scholarships of human creativity, with an eye toward archaeological discourses.  The author then turns to a contrasting pair of nineteenth-century case studies: pottery manufacture in Utah and milling copper ore in Michigan. These two workplaces, both built and staffed by immigrants, were fundamentally attached to global flows and relations, despite their frontier settings. In one case, factory workers became artisans; while in the other, craftspeople worked through the rationalization of their craft.  These contrasting studies allow the exploration of creativity at work in "worldbuilding" or "placemaking" and also reveals the entanglements that spoil our false dichotomies of labor.

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Introduction: Entangling Artisanal and Industrial Work in Archaeologies of Creativity. Timothy Scarlett. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428598)


Creativity Labor Work

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North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century

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PaperId(s): 239

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America