Commentary: Mute Passive Objects?

Matthew Johnson*

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This commentary looks at two related themes. Is "resistance" simply a matter of inertia or of reaction to new forces, and are resisting people purely passive or do they actively make their own history? Second, are the meanings of material culture passively assigned or are they more complex? In short, are both people and things "mute passive objects"? It is suggested that our theoretical treatment of people and of things are linked, and that further critical analysis of that linkage is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999


  • Agency
  • Domination
  • Material culture
  • Resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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