Contemporary Archaeology in Theory : The New Pragmatism

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-10
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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The second edition of Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism, has been thoroughly updated and revised, and features top scholars who redefine the theoretical and political agendas of the field, and challenge the usual distinctions between time, space, processes, and people. Defines the relevance of archaeology and the social sciences more generally to the modern world Challenges the traditional boundaries between prehistoric and historical archaeologies Discusses how archaeology articulates such contemporary topics and issues as landscape and natures; agency, meaning and practice; sexuality, embodiment and personhood; race, class, and ethnicity; materiality, memory, and historical silence; colonialism, nationalism, and empire; heritage, patrimony, and social justice; media, museums, and publics Examines the influence of American pragmatism on archaeology Offers 32 new chapters by leading archaeologists and cultural anthropologists

Author Biography

Robert W. Preucel is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten Curator of the American Section at the University Museum, and Director of the Penn Center for Native American Studies. His most recent book is Archaeological Semiotics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 in paper).
Stephen A. Mrozowski is the founding director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Anthropology. He has published more than sixty scholarly articles and monographs and is the author of The Archaeology of Class in Urban America (2006).

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. x
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The New Pragmatismp. 1
Landscapes, Spaces, and Naturesp. 51
The Temporality of the Landscapep. 59
Identifying Ancient Sacred Landscapes in Australia: From Physical to Socialp. 77
Landscapes of Punishment and Resistance: A Female Convict Settlement in Tasmania, Australiap. 92
Amazonia: The Historical Ecology of a Domesticated Landscapep. 104
Agency, Meaning, and Practicep. 129
Practice and History in Archaeology: An Emerging Paradigmp. 137
Technology's Links and Chaînes: The Processual Unfolding of Technique and Technicianp. 156
Structure and Practice in the Archaic Southeastp. 170
Daily Practice and Material Culture in Pluralistic Social Settings: An Archaeological Study of Culture Change and Persistence from Fort Ross, Californiap. 191
Sexuality, Embodiment, and Personhoodp. 217
Good Science, Bad Science, or Science as Usual? Feminist Critiques of Sciencep. 226
On Personhood: An Anthropological Perspective from Africap. 244
Girling the Girl and Boying the Boy: The Production of Adulthood in Ancient Mesoamericap. 256
Domesticating Imperialism: Sexual Politics and the Archaeology of Empirep. 265
Race, Class, and Ethnicityp. 281
The Politics of Ethnicity in Prehistoric Koreap. 290
Historical Categories and the Praxis of Identity: The Interpretation of Ethnicity in Historical Archaeologyp. 301
Beyond Racism: Some Opinions about Racialism and American Archaeologyp. 311
A Class All Its Own: Explorations of Class Formation and Conflictp. 325
Materiality, Memory, and Historical Silencep. 339
Money Is No Object: Materiality, Desire, and Modernity in an Indonesian Societyp. 347
Remembering while Forgetting: Depositional Practices and Social Memory at Chacop. 362
Public Memory and the Search for Power in American Historical Archaeologyp. 385
Re-Representing African Pasts through Historical Archaeologyp. 404
Colonialism, Empire, and Nationalismp. 423
Archaeology and Nationalism in Spainp. 432
Echoes of Empire: Vijayanagara and Historical Memory, Vijayanagara as Historical Memoryp. 445
Conjuring Mesopotamia: Imaginative Geography and a World Pastp. 459
Confronting Colonialism: The Mahican and Schaghticoke Peoples and Usp. 470
Heritage, Patrimony, and Social Justicep. 491
The Globalization of Archaeology and Heritage A Discussion withp. 498
Sites of Violence: Terrorism, Tourism, and Heritage in the Archaeological Presentp. 508
An Ethical Epistemology of Publicly Engaged Biocultural Researchp. 525
Cultures of Contact, Cultures of Conflict? Identity Construction, Colonialist Discourse, and the Ethics of Archaeological Practice in Northern Irelandp. 534
Media, Museums, and Publicsp. 551
No Sense of the Struggle: Creating a Context for Survivance at the NMAIp. 558
The Past as Commodity: Archaeological Images in Modern Advertisingp. 571
The Past as Passion and Play: Çatalhöyük as a Site of Conflict in the Construction of Multiple Pastsp. 582
Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Archaeologyp. 593
Indexp. 618
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