The Archaeology of Identities: A Reader / Edition 1

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The study of identity is increasingly recognised as a fundamental division of archaeological enquiry, and has recently become the focus of a variety of new and challenging developments. The Archaeology of Identities: A Reader brings together seventeen seminal articles from this exciting new discipline in one indispensable volume for the first time. Editor Timothy Insoll has selected a cross-section of contributions by leading authorities to form a comprehensive and balanced representation of approaches and interests. Issues covered include: Gender and sexuality, Ethnicity, nationalism and caste, Age, Ideology, Disability. Chapters are thematically arranged and are contextualised with lucid summaries and opening introductory chapters to each section, providing an accessible introduction to the varied selection of case studies included and archaeological materials considered from global sources. This volume will prove to be the definitive sourcebook in archaelogy of identities and essential reading for students, lecturers and researchers in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415415019
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
List of figures and tables     xi
Introduction: configuring identities in archaeology   Timothy Insoll     1
General perspectives, ethnicity, and nationalism     19
An introduction   Timothy Insoll     21
Archaeologies of identity   Lynn Meskell     23
Discourses of identity in the interpretation of the past   Sian Jones     44
The politics of identity in archaeology   Michael Rowlands     59
Gender and age     73
An introduction   Timothy Insoll     75
Girling the girl and boying the boy: the production of adulthood in ancient Mesoamerica   Rosemary A. Joyce     77
Engendering children, engendering archaeology   Joanna Sofaer     87
The constitution of archaeological evidence: gender politics and science   Alison Wylie     97
Sexuality     119
An introduction   Timothy Insoll     121
Feminisms, queer theories, and the archaeological study of past sexualities   Barbara L. Voss     124
Faience goddesses and ivory bull-leapers: the aesthetics of sexual difference at Late Bronze Age Knossos   Benjamin Alberti     137
Beyond Mother Earth and Father Sky: sex and gender in Ancient Southwestern visual arts and ethnography   Kelley Hays-Gilpin     154
The body     175
An introduction   Timothy Insoll     177
Accessing the inaccessible: disability and archaeology   Morag Cross     179
Hidden or overlooked? Where are the disadvantaged in the skeletal record?   Tony Waldron     195
Archaeology's humanism and the materiality of the body   Julian Thomas     211
Class, caste, ideology, and religion     225
An introduction   Timothy Insoll     227
Archaeology and the invisible man: the role of slavery in the production of wealth and social class in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, 1820 to 1870   Susan C. Andrews   James P. Fenton     230
The archaeological visibility of caste: an introduction   Robin Coningham   Ruth Young     250
Huitzilopochtli's conquest: Aztec ideology in the archaeological record   Elizabeth M. Brumfiel     265
Ritual and rationality: some problems of interpretation in European archaeology   Joanna Bruck     281
Changing identities in the Arabian Gulf: archaeology, religion, and ethnicity in context   Timothy Insoll      308
Index     326
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