The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco - American Experience in Archaeological Perspective (Hardback)
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The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco - American Experience in Archaeological Perspective (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 30/12/2014
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Smoking pipes are among the most commonly found artifacts at archaeological sites, affirming the prevalence and longevity of smoking as a cultural practice. Yet there is currently no other study in historical archaeology that interprets tobacco and smoking-related activities in such a wide spectrum and what clues they give about past societies.

In The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco, Georgia Fox analyzes the archaeological record to survey the discovery, production, consumption, and trade of this once staple crop. She also examines how tobacco use has influenced the evolution of an American cultural identity, including perceptions of glamour, individuality, patriotism, class, gender, ethnicity, and worldliness, as well as notions of poor health, inadequate sanitation, and high-risk activities.

Employing material culture found throughout North America and the Caribbean, Fox considers the ways in which Native Americans, enslaved Africans, the working class, the Irish, and women used tobacco. Her own research in Port Royal, Jamaica-an important New World hub in the British-colonial tobacco network-provides a fascinating case study to investigate the consumption of luxury goods in the pre-industrial era and the role tobacco played in an emerging capitalist world system and global economy.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060415
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The first study in historical archaeology to broadly interpret tobacco and smoking-related activities along with the clues they give about past societies."--Anthropology Book Forum

"A compelling historical account that takes the reader on a colorful journey from the introduction, adoption, and use of tobacco. . . . [Fox] familiarizes both the knowledgeable and the inquisitive reader with the spread and acceptance of smoking as a cultural custom, as well as the more recent history of tobacco use and the burgeoning industry of pipe manufactories here and abroad."--Winterthur Portfolio "An engaging study of Americans' perceptions of themselves."--American Archaeology
"A well-written and accessible summary of 300 years of tobacco smoking in the Americas from an archaeological perspective. It is filled with numerous interesting examples and is peppered with just enough archaeological theory and method."--American Anthropologist

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