Cosmopolitan Archaeologies

Cosmopolitan Archaeologies

by Lynn Meskell
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Cosmopolitan Archaeologies

Cosmopolitan Archaeologies delves into the politics of contemporary archaeology in an increasingly complex international environment. The contributors explore the implications of applying the cosmopolitan ideals of obligation to others and respect for cultural difference to archaeological practice, showing that those ethics increasingly demand the rethinking of research agendas. While cosmopolitan archaeologies must be practiced in contextually specific ways, what unites and defines them is archaeologists' acceptance of responsibility for the repercussions of their projects, as well as their undertaking of heritage practices attentive to the concerns of the living communities with whom they work. These concerns may require archaeologists to address the impact of war, the political and economic depredations of past regimes, the livelihoods of those living near archaeological sites, or the incursions of transnational companies and institutions. Describing various forms of cosmopolitan engagement involving sites that span the globe, the contributors take up the links between conservation, natural heritage and ecology movements, and the ways that local heritage politics are constructed through international discourses and regulations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900822344444
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 04/17/2009
Series: Material Worlds
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cosmopolitan Heritage Ethics Lynn Meskell 1

1 Young and Free: The Australian Past in a Global Future Jane Lydon 28

2 Strangers and Brothers? Heritage, Human Rights, and Cosmopolitan Archaeology in Oceania Ian Lilley 48

3 Archaeology and The Fortress of Rationality Denis Byrne 68

4 The Nature of Culture in Kruger National Park Lynn Meskell 89

5 Vernacular Cosmopolitanism: An Archaeological Critique of Universalistic Reason Alfredo González-Ruibal 113

6 The Archaeologist as a world Citizen: On the Morals of Heritage Preservation and Destruction Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh 140

7 "Time's Wheel Runs Back": Conversations with the Middle Eastern Past Sandra Arnold Scham 166

8 Mavili's Voice Ian Hodder 184

9 "Walking Around Like They Own the Place": Quotidian Cosmopolitanism at a Maya and World Heritage Archaeological Site Lisa Breglia 205

10 Translating Ecuadorian Modernities: Pre-Hispanic Archaeology and the Reproduction of Global Difference O. Hugo Benavides 228

Bibliography 249

Contributors 285

Index 289

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