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
Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
Number of pages: 525
Weight: 1066 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 33 mm
"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