Ethnographic Archaeologies: Reflections on Stakeholders and Archaeological Practices

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Rowman Altamira, 2008 - Social Science - 212 pages
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Ethnographic archaeology has emerged as a form of inquiry into archaeological dilemmas that arise as scholars question older, more positivistic paradigms. Ethnographic Archaeologies describes diverse methods, objectives, and rationalities currently employed in the making of engaged and collaborative archaeological research.The contributors to this volume, for example, understand ethnographic archaeology variously as a means of critical engagement with heritage stakeholders, as the basis of public-policy debates, as a critical archaeological study of ethnic groups, as the study of what archaeology actually does (as opposed to what researchers often think they are doing) in excavations and surveys, and as a foundation for transnational collaborations among archaeologists. What keeps the term "ethnographic archaeology" coherent and relevant is the consensus among practitioners that they are embarking on a new archaeological path by attempting to engage the present directly and fundamentally.
 

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Contents

The Ethnographic Turn in Archaeology Research Positioning and Reflexivity in Ethnographic Archaeologies
25
A Critical Assessment of Ethnography in Archaeology
63
A Dangerously Elusive Method Disciplines Histories and the Limits of Reflexivity
95
The Foundations of Archaeology
119
The Pageantry of Archaeology
139
The Location of Archaeology
157
Real People or Reconstructed People? Ethnocritical Archaeology Ethnography and Community Building
183
Index
205
About the Contributors
211
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Quetzil E. Castaneda is founder and director of the Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology. Christopher N. Matthews is associate professor of anthropology at Hofstra University.

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