Theory in the Pacific, the Pacific in Theory: Archaeological Perspectives

1st Edition

Tim Thomas

Routledge
July 28, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 368 Pages - 36 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138303553 - CAT# Y366428

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Summary

Theory in the Pacific, the Pacific in Theory explores the role of theory in Pacific archaeology, and its interplay with archaeological theory worldwide.

The contributors assess how the practice of archaeology in Pacific contexts has led to particular types of theoretical enquiry and interest, and, more broadly, how the Pacific is conceptualised in the archaeological imagination. Long seen as a laboratory environment for the testing and refinement of social theory, the Pacific islands occupy a central place in global theoretical discourse. This volume highlights this role through an exploration of how Pacific models and exemplars have shaped, and continue to shape, approaches to the archaeological past. The authors evaluate key theoretical perspectives and explore current and future directions in Pacific archaeology. In doing so, attention is paid to the influence of Pacific people and environments in motivating and shaping theory-building.

Theory in the Pacific, the Pacific in Theory makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how theory develops attuned to the affordances and needs of specific contexts, and how those contexts promote reformulation and development of theory elsewhere. It will be fascinating to scholars and archaeologists interested in the Pacific region, as well as students of wider archaeological theory.

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