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Fluid consistencies. Material relationality in human engagements with water.

Strang, V. (2014) 'Fluid consistencies. Material relationality in human engagements with water.', Archaeological dialogues., 21 (02). pp. 133-150.


Material things are not just passive recipients of human categories, meanings and values, nor mere subjects of human agency. Their particular characteristics and behaviours are formative of human–non-human relations. The common material properties of things, and the shared cognitive and phenomenological processes through which people interact with them, generate recurrent ideas and patterns of engagement in diverse cultural and historical contexts. Despite growing instrumentalism in human ‘management’ of the material world, and the emergence of new relational forms, these patterns persist.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Human–environmental relations, Materiality, Agency, Bioethics.
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Publisher statement:Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014. This paper has been published in a revised form, subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in 'Archaeological Dialogues' (21: 02 (2014) 133-150)
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:04 August 2016
Date of first online publication:26 November 2014
Date first made open access:04 August 2016

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