Archaeological Theory And The Politics Of Culture Heritage / Edition 1

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"Archaeology is meant to be an impartial science, concerned with seeking the truth about the past for the benefit of all humankind. But as the practices and values of archaeology have been enshrined in cultural resource management, they have also gradually become entwined with the apparatus of state power and control, and bound up in bitter political conflicts with Indigenous communities." "Laurajane Smith's controversial new book dissects the nature and consequences of this clash of cultures. Her lucid appraisals of key debates such as NAGPRA, Kennewick and the repatriation of Tasmanian artefacts show how Indigenous communities in the US and Australia have confronted the pre-eminence of archaeological theory and discourse, and how this has challenged traditional archaeological thought and practice." This is a survey of how relationships between Indigenous peoples and the archaeological establishment have gotten into difficulties, and a pointer towards how things could move forward. It will be essential reading for those concerned with developing a just and equal dialogue with Indigenous peoples about the role of archaeology in the research and management of their heritage.
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'Essential reading ... Well-written [and] easy to follow ... a useful companion volume.' - Rodney Harrison, The Australian National University

'Laurajane Smith has produced a significant work that will hopefully stimulate archaeological departments in South African universities to pay more attention to educating future CRM practitioners. This book is compulsory reading for CRM practitioners, archaeology students and their professors alike.' – South African Archaeological Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415318327
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/22/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurajane Smith is Lecturer in cultural heritage studies and archaeology at the University of York, UK. She previously taught Indigenous Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and worked as a cultural heritage consultant for many years. Her research interests include heritage and the construction and negotiation of cultural and social identities, and public policy and heritage management, archaeological theory and politics, feminist archaeology.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The cultural politics of identity : defining the problem 16
3 Archaeological theory and the 'politics' of the past 33
4 Archaeology and the context of governance : expertise and the state 58
5 Archaeological stewardship : the rise of cultural resource management and the 'scientific professional' archaeologist 81
6 Significance concepts and the embedding of processual discourse in cultural resource management 105
7 The role of legislation in the governance of material culture in America and Australia 125
8 NAGPRA and Kennewick : contesting archaeological governance in America 156
9 The 'death of archaeology' : contesting archaeological governance in Australia 174
10 Conclusion 195
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