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Schiffer, Michael B.

Works: 104 works in 454 publications in 1 language and 19,245 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
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Most widely held works by Michael B Schiffer
The material life of human beings : artifacts, behavior, and communication by Michael B Schiffer( )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 2,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through a broad range of examples, this text demonstrates how theories of behaviour and communication have too often ignored the fundamental importance of objects in human life
Draw the lightning down : Benjamin Franklin and electrical technology in the Age of Enlightenment by Michael B Schiffer( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 2,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most of us know - at least we've heard - that Benjamin Franklin conducted some kind of electrical experiment with a kite. What few of us realize - and what this book makes clear - is that Franklin played a major role in laying the foundations of modern electrical science and technology. This book, rich with historical details and anecdotes, brings to life Franklin, the large international network of scientists and inventors in which he played a key role, and their amazing inventions. We learn what these early electrical devices - from lights and motors to musical and medical instruments - looked like, how they worked, and what their utilitarian and symbolic meanings were for those who invented and used them. Against the fascinating panorama of life in the eighteenth century, Michael Brian Schiffer tells the story of the very beginnings of our modern electrical world."--Jacket
Power struggles : scientific authority and the creation of practical electricity before Edison by Michael B Schiffer( )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laying the foundation for Thomas Edison, the first electric generators were built in the 1830s, the earliest commercial lighting systems before 1860, and the first commercial application of generator-powered light in the early 1860s. This book examines some of these early applications of electricity
Formation processes of the archaeological record by Michael B Schiffer( )

24 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 1,796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Formation Processes of the Archaeological Record synthesizes the most important principles of cultural and environmental formation processes. It is intended as both introduction and guide in method and theory, fieldwork and analysis. Practicing archaeologists will find it a valuable checklist for sources of variability when observations on the archaeological record are used to justify inferences." "Formation Processes embodies a vision that the cultural past is knowable, but only when the nature of the evidence is thoroughly understood. It shows how one can make the past accessible in practice by identifying the variability introduced by the diverse processes of people and nature that form the archaeological record."--BOOK JACKET
Behavioral archaeology : first principles by Michael B Schiffer( )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 1,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins and the four strategies of behavioral archaeology -- Conceptual foundations -- Archaeological inference -- Cultural formation processes -- Noncultural (environmental) formation processes -- Identifying formation processes -- Building chronologies : a Hohokam case study -- The archaeological process -- Research on technology : history and overview -- Studying technological change / with James M. Skibo -- Ceramic surface treatments and cooking pot performance -- Folk theories and scientific theories : the case of the early electric automobile -- Long-term technological competitions -- Technological differentiation -- Differential adoption and the electric lighthouse -- The cascade model of invention processes -- The "new" behavioral archaeology -- Ritual and religion / Kacy L. Hollenback -- A behavioral theory of meaning / with the assistance of Andrea R. Miller -- The materiality of social power / with William H. Walker -- Landscapes / Kacy L. Hollenback
Studying technological change : a behavioral approach by Michael B Schiffer( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking charge : the electric automobile in America by Michael B Schiffer( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the history and future promise of electric cars in America, revisiting the race between electric and gasoline-powered cars in all its aspects, including the little-known collaboration of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison on Edison's electric car, and arguing that the electric car's time may have finally come
Behavioral archeology by Michael B Schiffer( Book )

17 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People and things : a behavioral approach to material culture by James M Skibo( )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This text sets forth a theory for understanding the relationship between people and things. Humans, whether in the distant past or in our current world, make choices while inventing, developing, replicating, adopting, and using their technologies. The theoretical model presented here provides the means to understand how people, whether it be Paleolithic stone tool makers or 21st century computer designers and users, negotiate these myriad factors throughout the artifact's life history. Archaeologists and anthropologists will find this book of interest as will historians, sociologists, philosophers of technology, and any scholars interested in technology-science-society interactions."--Jacket
Modern material culture : the archaeology of us by Richard A Gould( Book )

10 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conservation archaeology : a guide for cultural resource management studies( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portable radio in American life by Michael B Schiffer( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The archaeology of science : studying the creation of useful knowledge by Michael B Schiffer( )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This manual pulls together-and illustrates with interesting case studies-the variety of specialized and generalized archaeological research strategies that yield new insights into science. Throughout the book there are templates, consisting of questions, to help readers visualize and design their own projects. The manual seeks to be as general as possible, applicable to any society, and so science is defined as the creation of useful knowledge-the kinds of knowledge that enable people to make predictions. The chapters in Part I discuss the scope of the archaeology of science and furnish a con
Anthropological perspectives on technology( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These fourteen original essays accept a dual premise: technology pervades and is embedded in all human activities. By taking that approach, studies of technology address two questions central in anthropological and archaeological research today-accounting for variability and change. These diverse yet interrelated chapters show that to understand human lives, researchers must deal with the material world that all peoples create and inhabit. Therefore an anthropology of technology is not a separate, discrete inquiry; instead, it is a way to connect how people make and use things to any activity studied, ranging from religion, to enculturation, to communication, to art. Each contributor discusses theories and methods and also offers a substantial case study. These detailed inquiries span human societies from the Paleolithic to the computer age. By moving beyond the usual approach of examining ancient technologies, particularly chipped stone and low-fired ceramics, this volume probes for the construction of meaning in the material world across millennia. The authors of these essays find technology to be an inclusive and flexible topic that merges with studies of everything else in human activity."
Archaeology as a process : processualism and its progeny by Michael J O'Brien( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Archaeology as a Process traces the intellectual history of Americanist archaeology in terms of the research groups that were at the forefront of these various approaches, concentrating as much on the archaeologists as it does on method and theory, thus setting it apart from other treatments published in the last fifteen years."--BOOK JACKET
Hohokam and Patayan : prehistory of southwestern Arizona by Randall H McGuire( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social theory in archaeology( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technological perspectives on behavioral change by Michael B Schiffer( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advances in archaeological method and theory : selections for students from volumes 1 through 4( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1987 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections for Students from Volumes 1-4
Archaeology's footprints in the modern world by Michael B Schiffer( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the social value of archaeological research to present-day society? Michael Schiffer answers this question with forty-two case studies from a global perspective to demonstrate archaeology's diverse scientific and humanistic contributions. Drawing on nearly five decades of research, he delivers fascinating yet nontechnical discussions that provide a deeper understanding of what archaeologists do and why they do it. From reconstructing human evolution and behavior in prehistoric times to providing evidence that complements recorded history or debunks common legends, archaeologists help us understand our human past. They have also played crucial roles in developing techniques essential for the investigation of climate change along with tools for environmental reconstruction. Working for cities, tribes, and federal agencies, archaeologists manage cultural resources and testify in court. In forensic contexts, archaeological expertise enables the gathering of critical evidence. With engaging and lively prose, Archaeology's Footprints brings to life a full panorama of contributions that have had an impact on modern society."--Publisher's description
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Draw the lightning down : Benjamin Franklin and electrical technology in the Age of Enlightenment
Alternative Names
Michael Brian Schiffer American archaeologist

Schiffer, M. B.

Schiffer, M. B. 1947-

Schiffer, M. B. (Michael B.)

Schiffer, M. B. (Michael B.), 1947-

Schiffer, Michael

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Schiffer, Michael B.

Schiffer, Michael Brian

Schiffer, Michael Brian 1947-

English (280)

Draw the lightning down : Benjamin Franklin and electrical technology in the Age of EnlightenmentPower struggles : scientific authority and the creation of practical electricity before EdisonFormation processes of the archaeological recordBehavioral archaeology : first principlesStudying technological change : a behavioral approachTaking charge : the electric automobile in AmericaBehavioral archeologyPeople and things : a behavioral approach to material culture