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California Series in Public Anthropology

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“It is rare to read an archaeological book that has the capacity to inspire, as this one has.”—Mark P. Leone, author of The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital

Archaeology as Political Action is a highly original work that will be important for archaeologists and others concerned with processes of social change in the world today and, more importantly, with making a difference.”—Thomas C. Patterson, coeditor of Foundations of Social Archaeology

“This powerful statement by a leading archaeological thinker has profound implications for rigorous archaeological interpretation, community collaboration, and political intervention.”—Stephen W. Silliman, coeditor of Historical Archaeology

Synopsis:

This book develops a theory and framework to describe how archaeology can contribute to a more humane world. Recognizing that archaeology is an inherently political activity, Randall H. McGuire builds on the history of archaeological theory and Marxist dialectical theory to point out how archaeologists can use their craft to evaluate interpretations of the real world, construct meaningful histories for communities, and challenge the persistent legacies of colonialism and class struggle. McGuire bases his discussion on his own extensive fieldwork in the United States and Mexico, citing fascinating case studies to develop the idea of archaeology as a class-based endeavor.

Synopsis:

This book develops a theory and framework to describe how archaeology can contribute to a more humane world. Recognizing that archaeology is an inherently political activity, Randall H. McGuire builds on the history of archaeological theory and Marxist dialectical theory to point out how archaeologists can use their craft to evaluate interpretations of the real world, construct meaningful histories for communities, and challenge the persistent legacies of colonialism and class struggle. McGuire bases his discussion on his own extensive fieldwork in the United States and Mexico, citing fascinating case studies to develop the idea of archaeology as a class-based endeavor.

About the Author

Randall H. McGuire is Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of a number of books including A Marxist Archaeology and Death, Society, and Ideology in a Hohokam Community.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

1. Politics

2. Praxis

3. Class

4. México

5. Ludlow

Conclusion

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520254909
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Philosophy
Author:
McGuire, Randall H.
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Archaeology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Marxian archaeology.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology
Series Volume:
17
Publication Date:
20080403
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w photographs, 3 maps
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 0.15 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor

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Product details 312 pages University of California Press - English 9780520254909 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This book develops a theory and framework to describe how archaeology can contribute to a more humane world. Recognizing that archaeology is an inherently political activity, Randall H. McGuire builds on the history of archaeological theory and Marxist dialectical theory to point out how archaeologists can use their craft to evaluate interpretations of the real world, construct meaningful histories for communities, and challenge the persistent legacies of colonialism and class struggle. McGuire bases his discussion on his own extensive fieldwork in the United States and Mexico, citing fascinating case studies to develop the idea of archaeology as a class-based endeavor.
"Synopsis" by ,
This book develops a theory and framework to describe how archaeology can contribute to a more humane world. Recognizing that archaeology is an inherently political activity, Randall H. McGuire builds on the history of archaeological theory and Marxist dialectical theory to point out how archaeologists can use their craft to evaluate interpretations of the real world, construct meaningful histories for communities, and challenge the persistent legacies of colonialism and class struggle. McGuire bases his discussion on his own extensive fieldwork in the United States and Mexico, citing fascinating case studies to develop the idea of archaeology as a class-based endeavor.
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