Title:
Material habits, identity, semeiotic
Authors:
Lele, Veerendra
Citation:
Lele, Veerendra P. "Material Habits, Identity, Semeiotic." Journal of Social Archaeology 6.1 (2006): 48-70.
Publisher:
Journal of Social Archaeology
DATE ISSUED:
Feb-2006
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/2374.DEN/5030; http://hdl.handle.net/2374
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
Description:
Complementing recent archaeological work on identities, in this article I describe the semeiotic of Charles Sanders Peirce - his general 'theory of signs' - and discuss its uses for interpreting human identity through material culture and the artefactual record. Often classified as 'symbolic anthropology/archaeology', previous researches have presented a more restricted sense of semeiotic, while fewer scholars have been working through Peirce's theories directly. Here, I articulate some aspects of Peirce's semeiotic realism and his pragmatism with his theories regarding semeiosic matter and semeiosic identity. Specifically, Peirce regarded matter as 'mind hidebound with habits', and his semeiotic is particularly well-suited for analyzing the obdurate or habitual character of material culture. Based primarily on my ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork in an Irish-speaking region in western Ireland, I explore and apply some of Peirce's theories to an interpretation of human social identities manifest through such things as prayer beads and field-walls.
ISSN:
14696053
Appears in Collections:
Faculty Publications

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dc.contributor.authorLele, Veerendraen
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-02T18:34:24Zen
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-18T21:06:32Z-
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dc.identifier.citationLele, Veerendra P. "Material Habits, Identity, Semeiotic." Journal of Social Archaeology 6.1 (2006): 48-70.en_US
dc.identifier.issn14696053en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2374.DEN/5030en
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dc.descriptionComplementing recent archaeological work on identities, in this article I describe the semeiotic of Charles Sanders Peirce - his general 'theory of signs' - and discuss its uses for interpreting human identity through material culture and the artefactual record. Often classified as 'symbolic anthropology/archaeology', previous researches have presented a more restricted sense of semeiotic, while fewer scholars have been working through Peirce's theories directly. Here, I articulate some aspects of Peirce's semeiotic realism and his pragmatism with his theories regarding semeiosic matter and semeiosic identity. Specifically, Peirce regarded matter as 'mind hidebound with habits', and his semeiotic is particularly well-suited for analyzing the obdurate or habitual character of material culture. Based primarily on my ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork in an Irish-speaking region in western Ireland, I explore and apply some of Peirce's theories to an interpretation of human social identities manifest through such things as prayer beads and field-walls.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherJournal of Social Archaeologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofFaculty Publicationsen_US
dc.titleMaterial habits, identity, semeioticen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.institutionDenison Universityen_US
dc.date.digitized2013-01-02en
dc.contributor.repositoryDenison Resource Commonsen_US
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