Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism

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Robert W. Preucel, Stephen A. Mrozowski
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 4, 2011 - Social Science - 664 pages
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The second edition of Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism, has been thoroughly updated and revised, and features top scholars who redefine the theoretical and political agendas of the field, and challenge the usual distinctions between time, space, processes, and people.
  • Defines the relevance of archaeology and the social sciences more generally to the modern world
  • Challenges the traditional boundaries between prehistoric and historical archaeologies
  • Discusses how archaeology articulates such contemporary topics and issues as landscape and natures; agency, meaning and practice; sexuality, embodiment and personhood; race, class, and ethnicity; materiality, memory, and historical silence; colonialism, nationalism, and empire; heritage, patrimony, and social justice; media, museums, and publics
  • Examines the influence of American pragmatism on archaeology
  • Offers 32 new chapters by leading archaeologists and cultural anthropologists

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An Anthropological Perspective
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A Landscape of Resistance
Wilderness or Cultural Landscape?
Materiality Desire
Public MemoLy and the Search for Power
ReRepresenting African Pasts through Historical
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Archaeology and Nationalism in Spain
Viiayanagara and Historical
Imaginative Geography

Lessons from the Past?
An Emerging
The Processual
Structure and Practice in the Archaic Southeast
Daily Practice and Material Culture in Pluralistic
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Good Science Bad Science or Science as Usual?
from Africa
The Production
The Politics of Ethnicity in Prehistoric Korea
Some Opinions about Racialism
Explorations of Class
The Mahican
The Globalization of Archaeology and Heritage
Terrorism Tourism and Heritage
An Ethical Epistemology of Publicly Engaged
Cultures of Contact Cultures of Conflict? Identity
Creating a Context
Archaeological Images
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Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual

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About the author (2011)

Robert W. Preucel is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten Curator of the American Section at the University Museum, and Director of the Penn Center for Native American Studies. His most recent book is Archaeological Semiotics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 in paper).

Stephen A. Mrozowski is the founding director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Anthropology. He has published more than sixty scholarly articles and monographs and is the author of The Archaeology of Class in Urban America (2006).

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