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Communities of hope: Sharing economies and the production of material worlds
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 20:23 authored by Eleanor CasellaEleanor Casella, Piprani, J
How do we learn to share? As contemporary Western folks, what do we share, under what conditions, and with whom? Through two personal "material stories," our paper explores how archaeologists can think beyond capitalism when interpreting material worlds. We consider the dynamics (and limits) of sharing economies as an emerging form of collective production. Starting from the blunt force "consolidation" of a leading British archaeology department, we trace the subsequent fissures and spaces of opportunity created by this disruptive moment of neoliberal closure. We tell stories about the collective production of a replica lithic assemblage, and the construction of a community chicken hutch, to explore the intricacies of everyday sharing as an intentional means of resource creation. Through these two disparate case studies, we aim to not only demonstrate the complex social networks and object meanings generated by sharing (versus capitalist) economies, but also consider wider implications (both benefits and conflicts) generated through collective resource production.
Publication titleInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Department/SchoolSchool of Creative Arts and Media
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Place of publicationUnited States