Communities of practice in the early pottery traditions of the American southeast

Citation
Ke. Sassaman et W. Rudolphi, Communities of practice in the early pottery traditions of the American southeast, J ANTHR RES, 57(4), 2001, pp. 407-425
Citations number
55
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
57
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
407 - 425
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200124)57:4<407:COPITE>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
The oldest pottery traditions of the southeastern United States include a s eries of punctated wares geographically clustered in three locales of the S avannah River region. Although potters in each locale decorated and used po ts in virtually identical fashion, they tempered clays and formed vessels i n appreciably different ways. Situated learning theory offers a framework f or interpreting these divergent trends in earl), pottery by focusing attent ion on the multiple communities of practice in which potters participated. Independent data on the handedness of potters supports the inference that t echniques for making pottery were transmitted cognately, whereas decorative expression and methods of cooking crosscut residential units as a result o f affinal relations. potential contradictions arising from different types and changing forms of community membership may have contributed to radical changes in pottery technology and decoration after some fifteen generations of relative stability.