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On the Block: the Dynamics of Social Practice in a 19th-century Working Class Urban Landscape in Boston, Massachusetts

Author(s): Alexander Keim

Year: 2014

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From the point of view of a resident of a historic urban landscape, the most dynamic and most important aspects of daily life would not have been the architecture, but the daily, repeated social interactions vital to the creation of meaningful, memorable places. This study uses archaeological and documentary evidence to build a contextualized understanding of the urban landscape that accounts for the various people, movements, and practices that defined daily social life. Specifically, this paper looks at the changing demographics and commercial-use patterns of two city-blocks in Boston’s North end from 1850-1880 in order to better understand the context in which embodied individuals used material culture in social interaction to assign meaning and memory to practices and places.


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On the Block: the Dynamics of Social Practice in a 19th-century Working Class Urban Landscape in Boston, Massachusetts. Alexander Keim. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436747)


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PaperId(s): SYM-18,06

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