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Facts on the Ground : Archeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society - Nadia Abu el-Haj

Facts on the Ground

Archeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society

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Published: 1st January 2001
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Archaeology in Israel is truly a national obsession, a practice through which national identity--and national rights--have long been asserted. But how and why did archaeology emerge as such a pervasive force there? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? In this stirring book, Nadia Abu El-Haj addresses these questions and specifies for the first time the relationship between national ideology, colonial settlement, and the production of historical knowledge. She analyzes particular instances of history, artifacts, and landscapes in the making to show how archaeology helped not only to legitimize cultural and political visions but, far more powerfully, to reshape them. Moreover, she places Israeli archaeology in the context of the broader discipline to determine what unites the field across its disparate local traditions and locations.
Boldly uncovering an Israel in which science and politics are mutually constituted, this book shows the ongoing role that archaeology plays in defining the past, present, and future of Palestine and Israel.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Excavating Archaeology
Scientific Beginnings
Instituting Archaeology
Terrains of Settler Nationhood
Positive Facts of Nationhood
Excavating Jerusalem
Extending Sovereignty
Historical Legacies
Archaeology and Its Aftermath
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226001951
ISBN-10: 0226001954
Series: Chicago Series on Sexuality, History and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2