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Publication details for Professor John Chapman

Chapman, John & Gaydarska, Bisserka (2011). Can we reconcile individualisation with relational personhood? A case study from the Early Neolithic? Documenta Praehistorica 38: 21-44.

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In this article, we seek to discuss the tension between relational personhood, characterised by ‘dividuals’, and the individualisation of persons whose driving force was the creation of new embodied skills learnt to perform the wide range of new tasks which defined the farming way of life. This is, in effect, an exploration of the consequences of a vivid new world itself created by the interactions of a wider variety of individuals with different skills than had ever been seen before, including those required for domesticating animals, potting, building rectangular houses, growing cereals and pulses and polishing stone tools and ornaments.

V članku bomo razpravljali o tenzijah med sestavljivim sebstvom, določenim z ‘dividualnostjo’, in individualnostjo oseb, ki jo določajo nova znanja in spretnosti, povezane s poljedelskim načinom življenja. Gre za raziskovanje posledic dinamike novega sveta, ki so ga ustvarile interakcije posameznikov z različnimi novimi spretnostmi, vključno z znanji o udomačitvi živali, izdelavi lončenine, gradnji pravokotnih hiš, gojenju žit in stročnic ter poliranju kamnitih orodij in okraskov.