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Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology

Edited By Jane Lydon, Uzma Z Rizvi Copyright 2010
    525 Pages
    by Routledge

    525 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This essential handbook explores the relationship between the postcolonial critique and the field of archaeology, a discipline that developed historically in conjunction with European colonialism and imperialism. In aiding the movement to decolonize the profession, the contributors to this volume—themselves from six continents and many representing indigenous and minority communities and disadvantaged countries—suggest strategies to strip archaeological theory and practice of its colonial heritage and create a discipline sensitive to its inherent inequalities. Summary articles review the emergence of the discipline of archaeology in conjunction with colonialism, critique the colonial legacy evident in continuing archaeological practice around the world, identify current trends, and chart future directions in postcolonial archaeological research. Contributors provide a synthesis of research, thought, and practice on their topic. The articles embrace multiple voices and case study approaches, and have consciously aimed to recognize the utility of comparative work and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past. This is a benchmark volume for the study of the contemporary politics, practice, and ethics of archaeology. Sponsored by the World Archaeological Congress


    PART 1: The Archaeological Critique of Colonization: Global Trajectories

    Chapter 2: Colonialism and European Archaeology, Alfredo Gonzlez-Ruibal

    Chapter 3: Near Eastern Archaeology, Colonialism and the Postcolonial Present, Benjamin W. Porter

    Chapter 4: Telling Our Stories: Colonial Experiences and Archaeological Practices in North America, Sonya Atalay

    Chapter 5: The Colonial Legacy in the Archaeology of South Asia, Dilip Chakrabarti

    Chapter 6: The Colonial Experience of the Uncolonized and Colonized: The Case of East Asia as mainly seen from Japan, Koji Mizoguchi

    Chapter 7: Resurrecting the Ruins of Japan's Mythical Homelands: Colonial Archaeological Surveys in the Korean Peninsula and Heritage Tourism, Hyung Il Pai

    Chapter 8: Archaeology in the Colonial and Post-Colonial USSR, Pavel Dolukhanov

    Chapter 9: Subjectivity and Science in Postcolonial Archaeology, Ania Loomba

    Chapter 10: The Archaeological Survey of India and the Science of Postcolonial Archaeology, Ashish Chadha

    PART II: Archaeological Narratives of Colonialism

    Chapter 11: Writing New Archaeological Narratives: Indigenous North America, Stephen W. Silliman

    Chapter 12: The Archaeology of Historical Indigenous Australia, Alistair Paterson

    Chapter 13: Slavery, Liberation, and Emancipation: Constructing a Postcolonial Archaeology of the African Diaspora, Theresa A. Singleton

    Chapter 14: Encounters with Postcolonialism in the Archaeology of Ireland, Charles E. Orser, Jr.

    Chapter 15: Postcolonial Narratives of Africa, Peter Schmidt and Karega Munene

    Chapter 16: Shades of the Colonial, O. Hugo Benavides

    Chapter 17: The Efficacy of Emic and Etic in Archaeology and Heritage, Joost Fontein

    PART III: Address/Redressing the Past: Restitution, Repatriation, and Ethics

    Chapter 18: Repatriation: US Perspectives, Jon Daehnke and Amy Lonetree

    Chapter 19: Repatriation: Australian Perspectives, Michael Green and Phil Gordon

    Chapter 20: Cultural Property: Internationalism, Ethics, and Law, Alexander A. Bauer

    Chapter 21: New Museological Ways of Seeing the World: Decolonizing Archaeology in Lebanese Museums. Lina G. Tahan

    Chapter 22: International Perspectives on Native Title, Archaeology, and the Law, Peter Veth

    Chapter 23: Archaeology enters the Twenty-First Century, Thomas C. Patterson

    Chapter 24: The Global Repatriation Debate and the new "Universal Museums", Magnus Fiskes

    PART IV: Strategies of Practice: Implementing the Postcolonial Critique

    Chapter 25: Community Heritage and Partnership in Xcalakdzonot, Yucataacuten, Fernando Armstrong-Fumero and Julio Hoil Gutierrez

    Chapter 26: Partnership Archaeology and Indigenous Ancestral Engagement in Torres Strait,

    Northeastern Australia, Liam Brady and Joe Crouch

    Chapter 27: Archaeological Practice at the Cultural Interface, Martin Nakata and Bruno David

    Chapter 28: Ethnographic Interventions, Lynn Meskell

    Chapter 29: Colonialism, Conflict and Connectivity: Public Archaeology's Message in a Bottle, Sandra Scham


    Chapter 30: Public Interest Anthropology: A Model for Engaged Research Tied to Action, Peggy Reeves Sanday

    Chapter 31: Cultural Resources Management, Public Archaeology and Advocacy, Carol McDavid and Fred McGhee

    PART V: Colonial and Postcolonial Identities

    Chapter 32: Gender and Sexuality, Louise Strouml

    Chapter 33: Cultural Identity, Colonial and Postcolonial Archaeologies, Sarah Croucher

    Chapter 34: Class Identity and Postcolonialism, Gavin Lucas

    Chapter 35: Race and Class, Paul Mullins


    Chapter 36: An Archaeologist Finds Her Voice: A Commentary, Whitney Battle-Baptiste

    Chapter 37: Native American Identity and BioArch/DNA, John Norder

    Epilogue, Uzma Z. Rizvi and Jane Lydon


    Jane Lydon, Uzma Z Rizvi

    "This volume attests to archaeology's involvement with colonialism as well as its potential to decolonize practice, interpretation, and theory. It is extraordinary and notable in bringing together perspectives from so many places around the world. In doing so, it provides inspiration and impetus for further examining the nature of the relationships between postcolonialism and archaeology. In fact, we believe it is largely by delving deeply into this undercurrent that archaeology will sustain itself as relevant and ethical social theory and practice over the next century. Just as archaeology has been central to the colonial project, so it may have an important role in re-visioning the relations of production of knowledge about the past."
    --From the Foreword by George Nicholas and Julie Hollowell