Archaeologies of Us and Them: Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity

1st Edition

Charlotta Hillerdal, Anna Karlström, Carl-Gösta Ojala

Routledge
Published February 20, 2012
Reference - 304 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138188914 - CAT# Y226417
Series: Routledge Studies in Archaeology

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Summary

Archaeologies of “Us” and “Them” explores the concept of indigeneity within the field of archaeology and heritage and in particular examines the shifts in power that occur when ‘we’ define ‘the other’ by categorizing ‘them’ as indigenous. Recognizing the complex and shifting distinctions between indigenous and non-indigenous pasts and presents, this volume gives a nuanced analysis of the underlying definitions, concepts and ethics associated with this field in order to explore Indigenous archaeology as a theoretical, ethical and political concept.

Indigenous archaeology is an increasingly important topic discussed worldwide, and as such critical analyses must be applied to debates which are often surrounded by political correctness and consensus views. Drawing on an international range of global case studies, this timely and sensitive collection significantly contributes to the development of archaeological critical theory.

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