Architecture and Order: Approaches to Social Space by M. Pearson

By M. Pearson

Structure is a strong medium for representing, ordering and classifying the realm; which means can be created and transformed through defining symbolic limitations, analogues and metaphors. For over a decade archaeologists were utilizing techniques of the symbolic use of house. Contributions to "Architecture and Order" diversity from stories of hunter-gatherer camp association to using area in classical and medieval worlds. in addition to archaeological case reports, there are contributions exploring features of anthropological, social, psychiatric and architectural conception.

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144–6). For many villagers the significance of the decoration had gone completely and many of these traditional houses were being demolished. To summarize, the various organizational principles involved in the social production of architecture include gender and sex pollution, kinship and moiety patterning, linking of the cosmos and the earth, and segregating individuals by age and rank and status. These may be achieved by many different mechanisms: structured oppositions, establishment of an axis mundi and an imago mundi, concentric and diametric structuring, reversal of enclosed space, homologies of body and cosmos, boundedness, decoration and cleanliness.

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We have already mentioned Mary Douglas’s (1966:115) insight into the modelling of the human body as a symbol of society. Okely’s (1983) description of Gypsy life in Britain uses this formulation to explore the insider/outsider relationship of this ethnic minority (Gypsies) to the rest of society (Gorgios). She demonstrates homologies of this relationship in the treatment of animals, separation of washing facilities and organization of encampment space. ) must never be mixed with the washing of items associated with the inside (the crockery and cutlery).

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