Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism / Edition 2

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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.

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“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405158534
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 658
  • Sales rank: 706,384
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

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 Tim Ingold 59

2 Identifying Ancient Sacred Landscapes in Australia: From Physical to Social Paul S. C. Taçon 77

3 Landscapes of Punishment and Resistance: A Female Convict Settlement in Tasmania, Australia Eleanor Conlin Casella 92

4 Amazonia: The Historical Ecology of a Domesticated Landscape Clark L. Erickson 104

Part III Agency, Meaning, and Practice 129

5 Practice and History in Archaeology: An Emerging Paradigm Timothy R. Pauketat 137

6 Technology's Links and Chaînes: The Processual Unfolding of Technique and Technician Marcia-Anne Dobres 156

7 Structure and Practice in the Archaic Southeast Kenneth E. Sassaman 170

8 Daily Practice and Material Culture in Pluralistic Social Settings: An Archaeological Study of Culture Change and Persistence from Fort Ross, California Kent G. Lightfoot Antoinette Martinez Ann M. Schiff 191

Part IV Sexuality, Embodiment, and Personhood 217

9 Good Science, Bad Science, or Science as Usual? Feminist Critiques of Science Alison Wylie 226

10 On Personhood: An Anthropological Perspective from Africa John L. Comaroff Jean Comaroff 244

11 Girling the Girl and Boying the Boy: The Production of Adulthood in Ancient Mesoamerica Rosemary A. Joyce 256

12 Domesticating Imperialism: Sexual Politics and the Archaeology of Empire Barbara L. Voss 265

Part V Race, Class, and Ethnicity 281

13 The Politics of Ethnicity in Prehistoric Korea Sarah M. Nelson 290

14 Historical Categories and the Praxis of Identity: The Interpretation of Ethnicity in Historical Archaeology Siân Jones 301

15 Beyond Racism: Some Opinions about Racialism and American Archaeology Roger Echo-Hawk Larry J. Zimmerman 311

16 A Class All Its Own: Explorations of Class Formation and Conflict LouAnn Wurst 325

Part VI Materiality, Memory, and Historical Silence 339

17 Money Is No Object: Materiality, Desire, and Modernity in an Indonesian Society Webb Keane 347

18 Remembering while Forgetting: Depositional Practices and Social Memory at Chaco Barbara J. Mills 362

19 Public Memory and the Search for Power in American Historical Archaeology Paul A. Shackel 385

20 Re-Representing African Pasts through Historical Archaeology Peter R. Schmidt Jonathan R. Walz 404

Part VII Colonialism, Empire, and Nationalism 423

21 Archaeology and Nationalism in Spain Margarita Díaz-Andreu 432

22 Echoes of Empire: Vijayanagara and Historical Memory, Vijayanagara as Historical Memory Carla M. Sinopoli 445

23 Conjuring Mesopotamia: Imaginative Geography and a World Past Zainab Bahrani 459

24 Confronting Colonialism: The Mahican and Schaghticoke Peoples and Us Russell G. Handsman Trudie Lamb Richmond 470

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 Lynn Meskell 508

27 An Ethical Epistemology of Publicly Engaged Biocultural Research Michael L. Blakey 525

28 Cultures of Contact, Cultures of Conflict? Identity Construction, Colonialist Discourse, and the Ethics of Archaeological Practice in Northern Ireland Audrey Horning 534

Part IX Media, Museums, and Publics 551

29 No Sense of the Struggle: Creating a Context for Survivance at the NMAI Sonya Atalay 558

30 The Past as Commodity: Archaeological Images in Modern Advertising Lauren E. Talalay 571

31 The Past as Passion and Play: Çatalhöyük as a Site of Conflict in the Construction of Multiple Pasts Ian Hodder 582

32 Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Archaeology George P. Nicholas Kelly P. Bannister 593

Index 618

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