This new edition of Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism shows where the study of capitalism leads archaeologists, scholars and activists. Essays cover a range of geographic, colonial and racist contexts around the Atlantic basin: Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, the North Atlantic, Europe and Africa. Here historical archaeologists use current capitalist theory to show the results of creating social classes, employing racism and beginning and expanding the global processes of resource exploitation. Scholars in this volume also do not avoid the present condition of people, discussing the lasting effects of capitalism's methods, resistance to them, their archaeology and their point to us now.
Chapters interpret capitalism in the past, the processes that make capitalist expansion possible, and the worldwide sale and reduction of people. Authors discuss how to record and interpret these. This book continues a global historical archaeology, one that is engaged with other disciplines, peoples and suppressed political and economic histories. Authors in this volume describe how new identities are created, reshaped and made to appear natural.
Chapters in this second edition also continue to address why historical archaeologists study capitalism and the relevance of this work, expanding on one of the important contributions of historical archaeologies of capitalism: critical archaeology.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 489
Weight: 8808 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 29 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 2015
"The volume benefits from numerous chapters authored by researchers not based in North America, and the editors' efforts to be inclusive to global archaeologies of capitalism are applauded. ... the chapters in the second edition, much like the first, are well-formed narratives on capitalism, making this volume a significant contribution to the field. " (Todd M. Ahlman, American Antiquity, Vol. 82 (1), 2017)"This volume invites the reader to a critical understanding of capitalism and is thus a most useful reading for all those interested in the historical archaeology of modernity." (Pedro Paulo A. Funari, Antiquity, Vol. 90 (351), June, 2016)
"Offers a stunning range of high-quality, cutting edge contributions to the archaeology and history of capitalist processes. ... The book continues Leone's longstanding concern with the social effects of archaeology in the present, and how to best cultivate critical insights among various publics. ... this book is a must-read for theoretically-informed historical archaeologists and it provides an impressive array of topics and settings that could illustrate much of the range of historical archaeological concerns in the classroom." (Kurt A. Jordan, Historical Archaeology, Vol. 50 (4), 2015)