Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society / Edition 1

Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society / Edition 1

by Nadia Abu El-Haj
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226001954

ISBN-13: 9780226001951

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Archaeology in Israel is truly a national obsession, a practice through which national identity—and national rights—have long been asserted. But how and why did archaeology emerge as such a pervasive force there? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? In this stirring book, Nadia Abu El-Haj addresses these questions and…  See more details below

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Archaeology in Israel is truly a national obsession, a practice through which national identity—and national rights—have long been asserted. But how and why did archaeology emerge as such a pervasive force there? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? In this stirring book, Nadia Abu El-Haj addresses these questions and specifies for the first time the relationship between national ideology, colonial settlement, and the production of historical knowledge. She analyzes particular instances of history, artifacts, and landscapes in the making to show how archaeology helped not only to legitimize cultural and political visions but, far more powerfully, to reshape them. Moreover, she places Israeli archaeology in the context of the broader discipline to determine what unites the field across its disparate local traditions and locations.

Boldly uncovering an Israel in which science and politics are mutually constituted, this book shows the ongoing role that archaeology plays in defining the past, present, and future of Palestine and Israel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226001951
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
363
Sales rank:
1,056,589
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
1. Excavating Archaeology
2. Scientific Beginnings
3. Instituting Archaeology
4. Terrains of Settler Nationhood
5. Positive Facts of Nationhood
6. Excavating Jerusalem
7. Extending Sovereignty
8. Historical Legacies
9. Archaeology and Its Aftermath
10. Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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