Folds, fields, and fauna: A Deleuzo-Guattarian approach to the socialising power of religious experiences in Ancient Near Eastern landscapes

Erskine, Neil D. A. (2020) Folds, fields, and fauna: A Deleuzo-Guattarian approach to the socialising power of religious experiences in Ancient Near Eastern landscapes. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Archaeological approaches to socialisation are underdeveloped. As interpretative models are most often borrowed from other disciplines, rather than developed with a material-focus at their centre, archaeologists are left without effective object-centred frameworks with which to examine how individuals interacted with and learnt about their world. This thesis addresses these issues with a new approach, drawing upon Giles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, who offer many analytical tools that can directly connect highly theoretical interpretations of ancient societies to archaeological data. By stressing how humans understand the world through their accumulated previous experiences, Deleuze and Guattari direct the archaeologist to consider how identifiable human interactions with objects and places informed their subsequent experiences, and therefore their developing perceptions of their surroundings. This approach is tested against three case studies, in the 3rd Millennium Jazira, 2nd Millennium Anatolia, and 1st Millennium Southern Levant, that stress the intersection of landscapes and religious practice, both of which are frequently highlighted as powerful agents of socialisation. The varying forms and resolutions available for these case studies allow for a comprehensive exploration of a Deleuzo-Guattarian framework’s effectiveness in reconstructing and understanding ancient experiences of the world, and new interpretations of how ancient individuals both shaped and were shaped by their experiences of religiously-loaded landscapes.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: archaeology, ancient near east, landscape, socialisation, Deleuze, Guattari, Levant, Israel, Anatolia, Turkey, Mesopotamia, Syria.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Supervisor's Name: Glatz, Dr. Claudia
Date of Award: 2020
Depositing User: Mr Neil D. A. Erskine
Unique ID: glathesis:2020-81588
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 16:19
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 08:14
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.81588

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