Transforming Archaeology: Activist Practices and Prospects

1st Edition

Sonya Atalay, Lee Rains Clauss, Randall H McGuire, John R Welch

Routledge
Published April 1, 2014
Reference - 266 Pages
ISBN 9781611329629 - CAT# Y287874

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Summary

Archaeology for whom? The dozen well-known contributors to this innovative volume suggest nothing less than a transformation of the discipline into a service-oriented, community-based endeavor. They wish to replace the primacy of meeting academic demands with meeting the needs and values of those outside the field who may benefit most from our work. They insist that we employ both rigorous scientific methods and an equally rigorous critique of those practices to ensure that our work addresses real-world social, environmental, and political problems. A transformed archaeology requires both personal engagement and a new toolkit. Thus, in addition to the theoretical grounding and case materials from around the world, each contributor offers a personal statement of their goals and an outline of collaborative methods that can be adopted by other archaeologists.

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