Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 260 pages
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This controversial book is a survey of how relationships between indigenous peoples and the archaeological establishment have got into difficulty, and a crucial pointer to how to move forward from this point.

With lucid appraisals of key debates such as NAGPRA, Kennewick and the repatriation of Tasmanian artefacts, Laurajane Smith dissects the nature and consequences of this clash of cultures.

Smith explores how indigenous communities in the USA and Australia have confronted the pre-eminence of archaeological theory and discourse in the way the material remains of their past are cared for and controlled, and how this has challenged traditional archaeological thought and practice.

Essential reading for all those concerned with developing a just and equal dialogue between the two parties, and the role of archaeology in the research and management of their heritage.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
5
THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF IDENTITY Defining the social problem
20
ARCHAEOLOGICAL THEORY AND THE POLITICS OF THE PAST
37
ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE CONTEXT OF GOVERNANCE Expertise and the state
62
ARCHAEOLOGICAL STEWARDSHIP The rise of cultural resource management and the scientific professional archaeologist
85
SIGNIFICANCE CONCEPTS AND THE EMBEDDING OF PROCESSUAL DISCOURSE IN CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
109
THE ROLE OF LEGISLATION IN THE GOVERNANCE OF MATERIAL CULTURE IN AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA
129
NAGPRA AND KENNEWICK Contesting archaeological governance in America
160
THE DEATH OF ARCHAEOLOGY Contesting archaeological governance in Australia
178
CONCLUSION
199
NOTES
208
BIBLIOGRAPHY
211
INDEX
255
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Laurajane Smith is Lecturer in cultural heritage studies and archaeology at the University of York, UK. She previously taught Indigenous Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and worked as a cultural heritage consultant for many years. Her research interests include heritage and the construction and negotiation of cultural and social identities, and public policy and heritage management, archaeological theory and politics, feminist archaeology.

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