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Scholars who investigate race—a label based upon real or perceived physical differences—realize that they face a formidable task. The concept has been contested and condoned, debated and denied throughout modern history. Presented with the full understanding of the complexity of the issue, Race and Practice in Archaeological Interpretation concentrates on the archaeological analysis of race and how race is determined in the archaeological record.

Most archaeologists, even those dealing with recent history, have usually avoided the subject of race, yet Charles E. Orser, Jr., contends that its study and its implications are extremely important for the science of archaeology. Drawing upon his considerable experience as an archaeologist, and using a combination of practice theory as interpreted by Pierre Bourdieu and spatial theory as presented by Henri Lefebvre, Orser argues for an explicit archaeology of race and its interpretation.

The author reviews past archaeological usages of race, including a case study from early nineteenth-century Ireland, and explores the way race was used to form ideas about the Mound Builders, the Celts, and Atlantis. He concludes with a proposal that historical archaeology—cast as modern-world archaeology—should take the lead in the archaeological analysis of race because its purview is the recent past, that period during which our conceptions of race developed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Problematizing Race in Archaeology
  2. pp. 1-38
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  1. 2. The Prehistory of Race and Archaeological Interpretation, Part 1: Inventing Race for Archaeology
  2. pp. 39-74
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  1. 3. The Prehistory of Race and Archaeological Interpretation, Part II: Ethnicity over Race
  2. pp. 75-111
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  1. 4. Archaeological Interpretation and the Practice of Race
  2. pp. 112-157
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  1. 5. Materiality in the Practice of Race
  2. pp. 158-195
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  1. 6. A Case Study of Archaeology and the Practice of Race from Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland
  2. pp. 196-246
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  1. 7. Race, Practice, and Archaeology
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 255-297
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-306
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812203257
Print ISBN
9780812237504
MARC Record
OCLC
859160784
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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