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The Lure of Origins: An Inquiry into Human-Environmental Relations, Focused on the ”Neolithization” of Sweden

Johansson, Per LU (2003) In Lund Studies in Human Ecology
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Syftet med denna avhandling är att bidra till diskussionen om den s k neolitiseringen av Sverige. Först genom en kritisk granskning av aktuella forskningsrapporter angående tidigneolitikum i framför allt Mellansverige, vilken bl a visar att "jordbruk" var av marginell betydelse under lång tid efter ca 4000 f Kr, samtidigt som idén om "övergången till jordbruk" begreppsligt dominerar diskussionen. Denna paradox konfronteras sedan med en kritisk och konstruktiv studie av vissa idéer (i synnerhet från antropologen Tim Ingold) rörande förhållandet mellan människor och deras omgivningar. I synnerhet behandlas människan som organism, artefakter och symbolism. Avhandlingen är skriven från ett... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

Syftet med denna avhandling är att bidra till diskussionen om den s k neolitiseringen av Sverige. Först genom en kritisk granskning av aktuella forskningsrapporter angående tidigneolitikum i framför allt Mellansverige, vilken bl a visar att "jordbruk" var av marginell betydelse under lång tid efter ca 4000 f Kr, samtidigt som idén om "övergången till jordbruk" begreppsligt dominerar diskussionen. Denna paradox konfronteras sedan med en kritisk och konstruktiv studie av vissa idéer (i synnerhet från antropologen Tim Ingold) rörande förhållandet mellan människor och deras omgivningar. I synnerhet behandlas människan som organism, artefakter och symbolism. Avhandlingen är skriven från ett "utifrån"-perspektiv på arkeologin, med frågan om hur arkeologin kan bidra till (och i sin tur belysas av) andra studiefält i åtanke. (Less)
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The purpose of this dissertation is to contribute to the discussion of the deeper meaning, in our contemporary context, of the ”neolithization” of Sweden. The basis for the investigation is twofold: * a critical examination of recent research reports dealing mostly with the Early Neolithic of (Middle) Sweden which shows, inter alia, that ”agriculture” was of marginal importance for a very long time from about 4000 BC onwards, while, at the same time, the idea of ”the transition to farming” dominates discourse. This paradox is then confronted with * a critical and constructive study of certain ideas (notably those of Tim Ingold, Jakob von Uexküll, and so-called activity theory) on the nature of human/environmental relations, focusing on... (More)
The purpose of this dissertation is to contribute to the discussion of the deeper meaning, in our contemporary context, of the ”neolithization” of Sweden. The basis for the investigation is twofold: * a critical examination of recent research reports dealing mostly with the Early Neolithic of (Middle) Sweden which shows, inter alia, that ”agriculture” was of marginal importance for a very long time from about 4000 BC onwards, while, at the same time, the idea of ”the transition to farming” dominates discourse. This paradox is then confronted with * a critical and constructive study of certain ideas (notably those of Tim Ingold, Jakob von Uexküll, and so-called activity theory) on the nature of human/environmental relations, focusing on three kinds of human-environment relationships: human organisms and biological environments, human persons and artifacts, and human beings and other beings in the context of symbolism.



The dissertation is written from the point of view of how the archaeological discussion can be read outside of the direct purview of archaeology itself. The ”neolithization” issue, in other words, is not primarily discussed in the terms of its regular (specialized) disciplinary context, but rather in terms of a discussion on the nature of human being in various environmental contexts. The work is, consequently, largely philosophical and theoretical. (Less)
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  • Prof. Ingold, Tim, University of Aberdeen
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Neolithization, Origins research, Organism concept, Artifact concept, Person concept, Ecological relations, Human-environment relations, Human ecology, Umwelt concept, Symbolism, Archaeology, Tim Ingold, Early Neolithic in Sweden, Arkeologi, Cultural anthropology, ethnology, Kulturantropologi, etnologi
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Lund Studies in Human Ecology
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268 pages
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Human Ecology Division, Lund University
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Edens hörsal
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2003-04-12 10:15
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1403-5022
ISBN
91-973674-7-8
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English
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yes
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The dissertation is written from the point of view of how the archaeological discussion can be read outside of the direct purview of archaeology itself. The ”neolithization” issue, in other words, is not primarily discussed in the terms of its regular (specialized) disciplinary context, but rather in terms of a discussion on the nature of human being in various environmental contexts. The work is, consequently, largely philosophical and theoretical.},
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  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Lund Studies in Human Ecology},
  title        = {The Lure of Origins: An Inquiry into Human-Environmental Relations, Focused on the ”Neolithization” of Sweden},
  year         = {2003},
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