Global Social Archaeologies contributes to the active engagement of contemporary social archaeology through addressing issues such as postcolonialism, community heritage, and Indigenous rights. It addresses the major challenge of breaking down global divides, especially in relation to fundamental human rights, inequality, and inequities of wealth, power, and access to knowledge.
This authoritative volume, authored by the current and past presidents of the World Archaeological Congress, introduces readers to the various theoretical and methodological tools available for the investigation of the past. Taking into account the implications for contemporary societies, it offers a new framework for social archaeologies in a globalised world. By combining new data from their research with an innovative synthesis and analysis of leading research by others, the authors have developed fresh conceptualisations and understandings of archaeology as a social practice, and of the ways in which it simultaneously straddles the past, present, and future.
Exploring a range of case studies and enhanced by a wealth of illustrations, Global Social Archaeologies highlights a new approach to archaeology, one that places human rights at the core of archaeological theory and practice.
Introduction; Preface; CHAPTER 1. WHAT IS ARCHAEOLOGY, AND WHY SOCIAL ARCHAEOLOGY?; CHAPTER 2. FROM ARCHAEOLOGY TO ARCHAEOLOGIES; CHAPTER 3. THE PANORAMA OF SOCIAL ARCHAEOLOGIES; CHAPTER 4. MATERIALITY, MEMORY AND MONUMENTS; CHAPTER 5. THE ROLE OF KOFUN TUMULI IN JAPANESE NATION BUILDING; CHAPTER 6. ARCHAEOLOGY AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES; CHAPTER 7. ARCHAEOLOGIES OF CONTEMPORARY WORLDS; CHAPTER 8. THE EMERGENCE OF ENGAGED ARCHAEOLOGY; CHAPTER 9. ARCHAEOLOGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS