Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique

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In recent years, postcolonial theories have emerged as one of the significant paradigms of contemporary academia, affecting disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences. These theories address the complex processes of colonialism in culture and society-with respect to both the colonizers and the colonized-to help us understand the colonial experience in its entirety. The contributors to Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique present critical syntheses of archaeological and postcolonial studies by examining both Old and New World case studies, and they ask what the ultimate effect of postcolonial theorizing will be on the practice of archaeology in the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

American Antiquity
Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique, edited by Matthew Liebmann and Uzma Rizvi, is the most important theoretical treatment of postcolonial thought to arrive on the archaeological scene since the postcolonial critique gained multidisciplinary popularity during the 1980's.... ARchaeology and the Postcolonial Critique is one of those rare, measured volumes tht comes along every decade or so to lead us to new theoretical pathways. It is well reasoned, balanced, and above all pragmatic in its grounding of theory in marvelous case studies that make vibrant the importance of postcolonial thinking in decolonizing archaeology, wherever it is practiced across the globe.
— Peter R. Schmidt, 2010
Lynn Meskell
The contributors to this volume critically survey the politics and practice of archaeology globally. They look closely at both the promise and reality of 'postcolonial' archaeology, offering a significant set of critiques and questions; they ask, for example, Is the 'post' in postcolonial is really justified? Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique presents a new and inspiring group of voices from a younger generation of scholars determined to make a difference.
American Antiquity - Peter R. Schmidt
Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique, edited by Matthew Liebmann and Uzma Rizvi, is the most important theoretical treatment of postcolonial thought to arrive on the archaeological scene since the postcolonial critique gained multidisciplinary popularity during the 1980's.... ARchaeology and the Postcolonial Critique is one of those rare, measured volumes tht comes along every decade or so to lead us to new theoretical pathways. It is well reasoned, balanced, and above all pragmatic in its grounding of theory in marvelous case studies that make vibrant the importance of postcolonial thinking in decolonizing archaeology, wherever it is practiced across the globe.
Joe Watkins
The authors and editors ofArchaeology and the Postcolonial Critique offer perspectives from regions often under-represented in Western publications. The case studies in the work provide broader examinations than the 'Western' reader normally encounters and, in so doing, move from local to global impacts, from homogenization to hybridity, and from particularistic focus to political reality. As the concept of 'world heritage' continues to globalize local histories and local cultures, the need for critical examination grows. Read this volume and you will fully question the role of contemporary archaeology in the social contexts within which the discipline operates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759110045
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2008
  • Series: Archaeology in Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Liebmann is assistant professor of anthropology at Harvard University. Uzma Z. Rizvi is assistant professor of social science and cultural studies and of critical and visual studies at the Pratt Institute.

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Table of Contents

Preface Uzma Z. Rizvi Matthew Liebmann vii

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Intersections of Archaeology and Postcolonial Studies Matthew Liebmann 1

Chapter 2 A Brief History of Postcolonial Theory and Implications for Archaeology Thomas C. Patterson 21

Chapter 3 Heterogeneous Encounters: Colonial Histories and Archaeological Experiences Praveena Gullapalli 35

Chapter 4 Toward the Liberation of Archaeological Praxis in a "Postcolonial Colony": The Case of Puerto Rico Jaime R. Pagán Jiménez Reniel Rodríguez Ramos 53

Chapter 5 Postcolonial Cultural Affiliation: Essentialism, Hybridity, and NAGPRA Matthew Liebmann 73

Chapter 6 Notions of Cultural Continuity and Disjunction in Maya Social Movements and Maya Archaeology Greg Borgstede Jason Yaeger 91

Chapter 7 Decolonizing Methodologies as Strategies of Practice: Operationalizing the Postcolonial Critique in the Archaeology of Rajasthan Uzma Z. Rizvi 109

Chapter 8 Indigenous and Postcolonial Archaeologies Robert W. Preucel Craig N. Cipolla 129

Chapter 9 Archaeology, The World Bank, and Postcolonial Politics Ian Lilley 141

Chapter 10 Disinheriting Heritage: Explorations in the Contentious History of Archaeology in the Middle East Sandra Scham 165

Chapter 11 Situating World Heritage Sites in a Multicultural Society: The Ideology of Presentation at the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Sudharshan Seneviratne 177

Chapter 12 Conclusion: Archaeological Futures and the Postcolonial Critique Uzma Z. Rizvi 197

References 205

Index 255

Author Biographies 263

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