New directions in bioarchaeology

Recent contributions to the study of human social identities

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Abstract

As a discipline that bridges the biological and social sciences, bioarchaeology has much to contribute to a contextualized and theoretically sophisticated understanding of social identities. Here, we discuss the growing methodological sophistication of bioarchaeology and highlight new developments in osteological age and sex estimation, paleodemography, biodistance analysis, biogeochemistry, and taphonomy, particularly anthropologie de terrain. We then discuss how these methodological developments, when united with social theory, can elucidate social identities. More specifically, we highlight past and future bioarchaeological work on disability and impairment, gender identity, identities of age and the life course, social identity and body modification, embodiment, and ethnic and community identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-432
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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Social Identity
Bioarchaeology
social science
disability
gender
community
Social Theory
Gender Identity
Paleodemography
Biological Sciences
Life Course
Sophistication
Embodiment
Impairment
Taphonomy
Social Sciences
Anthropologie
Biogeochemistry

Keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Human remains
  • Osteology
  • Physical anthropology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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