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Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage - Laurajane Smith

Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage

Hardcover Published: 24th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415318327
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

'Essential reading ... Well-written [and] easy to follow ... a useful companion volume.' - Rodney Harrison, The Australian National University

'Laurajane Smith has produced a significant work that will hopefully stimulate archaeological departments in South African universities to pay more attention to educating future CRM practitioners. This book is compulsory reading for CRM practitioners, archaeology students and their professors alike.' - South African Archaeological Bulletin

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The Cultural Politics of Identityp. 16
Archaeological Theory and the 'Politics' of the Pastp. 33
Archaeology and the Context of Governancep. 58
Archaeological Stewardshipp. 81
Significance Concepts and the Embedding of Processual Discourse in Cultural Resource Managementp. 105
The Role of Legislation in the Governance of Material Culture in America and Australiap. 125
Nagpra and Kennewickp. 156
The 'Death of Archaeology'p. 174
Conclusionp. 195
Notesp. 204
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780415318327
ISBN-10: 0415318327
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 24th September 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1