Contemporary Archaeology in TheoryThe New Pragmatism
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
List of Tables and Figures x List of Contributors xiii Preface xv Acknowledgments xvii Part I The New Pragmatism 1 Part II Landscapes, Spaces, and Natures 51 1 The Temporality of the Landscape 59 Tim Ingold 2 Identifying Ancient Sacred Landscapes in Australia: From Physical to Social 77 Paul S. C. Tacon 3 Landscapes of Punishment and Resistance: A Female Convict Settlement in Tasmania, Australia 92 Eleanor Conlin Casella 4 Amazonia: The Historical Ecology of a Domesticated Landscape 104 Clark L. Erickson Part III Agency, Meaning, and Practice 129 5 Practice and History in Archaeology: An Emerging Paradigm 137 Timothy R. Pauketat 6 Technology's Links and Cha?nes: The Processual Unfolding of Technique and Technician 156 Marcia-Anne Dobres 7 Structure and Practice in the Archaic Southeast 170 Kenneth E. Sassaman 8 Daily Practice and Material Culture in Pluralistic Social Settings: An Archaeological Study of Culture Change and Persistence from Fort Ross, California 191 Kent G. Lightfoot, Antoinette Martinez, and Ann M. Schiff Part IV Sexuality, Embodiment, and Personhood 217 9 Good Science, Bad Science, or Science as Usual? Feminist Critiques of Science 226 Alison Wylie 10 On Personhood: An Anthropological Perspective from Africa 244 John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff 11 Girling the Girl and Boying the Boy: The Production of Adulthood in Ancient Mesoamerica 256 Rosemary A. Joyce 12 Domesticating Imperialism: Sexual Politics and the Archaeology of Empire 265 Barbara L. Voss Part V Race, Class, and Ethnicity 281 13 The Politics of Ethnicity in Prehistoric Korea 290 Sarah M. Nelson 14 Historical Categories and the Praxis of Identity: The Interpretation of Ethnicity in Historical Archaeology 301 Sian Jones 15 Beyond Racism: Some Opinions about Racialism and American Archaeology 311 Roger Echo-Hawk and Larry J. Zimmerman 16 A Class All Its Own: Explorations of Class Formation and Conflict 325 LouAnn Wurst Part VI Materiality, Memory, and Historical Silence 339 17 Money Is No Object: Materiality, Desire, and Modernity in an Indonesian Society 347 Webb Keane 18 Remembering while Forgetting: Depositional Practices and Social Memory at Chaco 362 Barbara J. Mills 19 Public Memory and the Search for Power in American Historical Archaeology 385 Paul A. Shackel 20 Re-Representing African Pasts through Historical Archaeology 404 Peter R. Schmidt and Jonathan R. Walz Part VII Colonialism, Empire, and Nationalism 423 21 Archaeology and Nationalism in Spain 432 Margarita D?´az-Andreu 22 Echoes of Empire: Vijayanagara and Historical Memory, Vijayanagara as Historical Memory 445 Carla M. Sinopoli 23 Conjuring Mesopotamia: Imaginative Geography and a World Past 459 Zainab Bahrani 24 Confronting Colonialism: The Mahican and Schaghticoke Peoples and Us 470 Russell G. Handsman and Trudie Lamb Richmond Part VIII Heritage, Patrimony, and Social Justice 491 25 The Globalization of Archaeology and Heritage A Discussion with Arjun Appadurai 498 26 Sites of Violence: Terrorism, Tourism, and Heritage in the Archaeological Present 508 Lynn Meskell 27 An Ethical Epistemology of Publicly Engaged Biocultural Research 525 Michael L. Blakey 28 Cultures of Contact, Cultures of Conflict? Identity Construction, Colonialist Discourse, and the Ethics of Archaeological Practice in Northern Ireland 534 Audrey Horning Part IX Media, Museums, and Publics 551 29 No Sense of the Struggle: Creating a Context for Survivance at the NMAI 558 Sonya Atalay 30 The Past as Commodity: Archaeological Images in Modern Advertising 571 Lauren E. Talalay 31 The Past as Passion and Play: Catalhoyuk as a Site of Conflict in the Construction of Multiple Pasts 582 Ian Hodder 32 Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Archaeology 593 George P. Nicholas and Kelly P. Bannister Index 618
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).
This completely revised second edition of Contemporary Archaeology in Theory challenges the traditional boundaries between prehistoric and historical archaeologies, as well as those between time, space, things, and people. Essays by a distinguished group of archaeologists outline the emergence of a socially conscious archaeology by addressing the material mediation of contemporary social problems such as colonialism, industrialism, racialization, and globalization. Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism investigates the gradual incorporation of questions of identity, meaning, agency, and practice alongside those of system, process, and structure. This new edition is an essential reader for students and a thought-provoking assessment of the field for all archaeologists, indigenous peoples, and the concerned lay public.
“Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism is a great collection of texts to teach from, but it is much more than that. Preucel and Mrozowski have put together a landmark volume that combines a diversity of exciting contributions with a common intellectual agenda and purpose. One comes away from reading The New Pragmatism with a sense of a serious, mature discipline that combines academic rigour with social engagement.” —Matthew Johnson, University of Southampton “Far more than a second edition, this is a fully transformed, cutting- edge, thorough, truly monumental book that captures the richness of archaeological theory today for introductory and advanced readers alike.” —Stephen Silliman, University of Massachusetts, Boston “The new pragmatism advanced by the editors places archaeology within its social context, importantly in ways that can serve contemporary needs in the modern world. Archaeology is no longer innocent.” —Peter Bellwood, Australian National University "This collection of papers works beautifully as an overview of contemporary archaeological theory. It's framing as 'The New Pragmatism' is quite appropriate given the discipline's challenge to better address current social contexts and human needs." —Dean Saitta, University of Denver
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