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Emotional Practice and Perspectives on Emotion in the Archaeology of Childhood

Author(s): Jane Baxter

Year: 2017

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Childhood is a stage of life that engenders particularly empathetic and emotional responses from people, and those reactions affect how the topics of children and childhood are perceived, impact the individual(s) conducting research, and shape the ways we think about children as subjects. This paper is a wide ranging exploration of my experiences in the archaeological study of childhood, which includes both the role of emotion when interpreting childhood in the past and the emotional contexts of practice when doing the archaeology of childhood. This topical approach will be used to think more broadly about how emotions can enter into archaeological research in ways that both respect material evidence and the humanity of archaeologists and those they study in the past.

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Emotional Practice and Perspectives on Emotion in the Archaeology of Childhood. Jane Baxter. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429785)


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