Cleaning and Value: Interdisciplinary Investigations [Paperback]

Isabel Bredenbröker (Editor); Christina Hanzen (Editor); Felix Kotzur (Editor)

ISBN: 9789088909214 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 210p, H254 x W178 (mm) 54fc/16bw

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Hardback - ISBN: 9789088909221 - £ 120.00

Cleaning and Value


This volume combines scholarly contributions on the relation between values and cleaning processes in different places, cultures and times. The core disciplines are archaeology and anthropology with interdisciplinary additions from sinology, classic philology, philosophy, sociology and fine arts.

Table of Contents

Hans Peter Hahn
We have never been clean. Towards an interdisciplinary discourse about cleaning and value
Isabel Bredenbröker, Christina Hanzen, Felix Kotzur
Disciplinary reflections
Archaeology and Cleaning: Some reflections on the archaeological process
Ulrich Veit
How is dirt possible? On the philosophy of dirt, cleanliness and refuse
Olli Lagerspetz
Contexts and Places
The Last Bath: Cleaning Practices and the Production of ‘Good Death’ in an Ewe Town
Isabel Bredenbröker
The cultural aspect of cleaning in archaeology – a case study from the late Neolithic site of Fıstıklı Höyük
Georg Cyrus
CARPE Dirt, Disease, and Detritus: Roman Sanitation and its Value System
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
Bodies, Objects and Personal Hygiene
A matter of representation – personal hygiene in Eastern Zhou-dynasty China (771-256 BCE)
Catrin Kost
Impurity and purification: multi-layered conceptions of cleaning in Central Asian burial rituals
Jeanine Dagyeli
Your Clothes Should Be Clean! Your Head Should Be Washed!
Body Cleaning and Social Inclusion in the Epic of Gilgamesh
Ainsely Hawthorn
Social practices and politics
Shaking out the Tablecloth – Uzbek Hospitality and the Construction of Boundaries of Belonging
Sebile Yapici
The Cleansing of a Political System: Obliterations, Burials and ‘Reuse’ of Palaces and Seats of Power in Central Italy (Seventh–Fifth centuries BCE)
Robinson Krämer
Cleaning up the past
Mareike Späth
Artistic contributions
Chrischa Oswald – Mother Tongue
Kerstin Gottschalk – Mehl, Salz und Wasser zu einem Teig verarbeitet und auf die Spiegeloberfläche aufgetragen, Größe variabel
Andreas Koch – Duschvorhang (Shower curtain)
Robert Schittko und Nikolaus Kockel – Performance
Wagehe Raufi – In between contemporary stones
Anna Langgartner – Contemporary Art and the Gaze of an Archaeologist: A interpretative attempt of decay and lost evidence
Mia Bencun – Bruise 13

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