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Evaluating Multiple Narratives : Beyond Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist Archaeologies - Junko Habu

Evaluating Multiple Narratives

Beyond Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist Archaeologies

By: Junko Habu (Editor), Clare Fawcett (Editor), John M. Matsunaga (Editor)

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At the end of the 20th Century, archaeologists from non-Anglo-American countries started to become vocal about the "traditional" interpretations of history that archaeology was making. The "traditional" archaeology came from the predominantly white, male archaeologists from England and the United States going to other countries and interpreting the material culture from their point of view. This, of course, is still happening but is becoming less acceptable nor accepted by the global world of archaeology.

The goal of this volume is to use archaeological case studies from around the world to evaluate the implications of providing alternative interpretations of the past. These cases also address key questions such as: Can multivocality (multiple interpretations of the past) be separate from the theory of contemporary Anglo-American archaeology; is multivocality relevant to local residents and non-Anglo-American archaeologists; and can the close examination of alternative interpretations contribute to a deeper understanding of subjectivity and objectivity of archaeological interpretation?

The contributors are at the forefront of archaeological theory research and the commentators are eminent archaeological theoreticians. This volume will also contribute to the debate about the social and political implications of archaeological practice.

Introduction: Evaluating Multiple Narratives: Beyond Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist Archaeologiesp. 1
Operationalizing Multivocality
Introduction to Part Ip. 15
An Ethical Epistemology of Publicly Engaged Biocultural Researchp. 17
Multivocality and Indigenous Archaeologiesp. 29
Making a Home: Archaeologies of the Medieval English Villagep. 45
Critical Histories of Archaeological Practice: Latin American and North American Interpretations in a Honduran Contextp. 56
Paths of Power and Politics: Historical Narratives at the Bolivian Site of Tiwanakup. 69
Evaluating Multiple Narratives in Various Regional and Historical Settings
Introduction to Part IIp. 89
Science or Narratives? Multiple Interpretations of the Sannai Maruyama Site, Japanp. 91
Multivocality, Multifaceted Voices, and Korean Archaeologyp. 118
Virtual Viewpoints: Multivocality in the Marketed Past?p. 138
Alternative Statesp. 144
Irish Archaeology and the Recognition of Ethnic Difference in Viking Dublinp. 166
Discussion
"Alternative Archaeologies" in Historical Perspectivep. 187
Multivocality and Social Archaeologyp. 196
The Integrity of Narratives: Deliberative Practice, Pluralism, and Multivocalityp. 201
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780387764597
ISBN-10: 0387764593
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 18th July 2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.73