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These “Thin Partitions” explores the intellectual and methodological differences that separate two of the four subdisciplines within the field of anthropology: archaeology and cultural anthropology. Contributors examine the theoretical underpinnings of this separation and explore what can be gained by joining them, both in university departments and in field research.
 
In case studies highlighting the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration, contributors argue that anthropologists and archaeologists are simply not “speaking the same language” and that the division between fields undermines the field of anthropology as a whole. Scholars must bridge this gap and find ways to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration to promote the health of the anthropological discipline. By sharing data, methods, and ideas, archaeology and cultural anthropology can not only engage in more productive debates but also make research accessible to those outside academia.
 
These “Thin Partitions” gets to the heart of a well-known problem in the field of anthropology and contributes to the ongoing debate by providing concrete examples of how interdisciplinary collaboration can enhance the outcomes of anthropological research.
 
Contributors: Fredrik Fahlander, Lilia Fernández Souza, Kent Fowler, Donna Goldstein, Joseph R. Hellweg, Derek Johnson, Ashley Kistler, Vincent M. LaMotta, John Monaghan, William A. Parkinson, Paul Shankman, David Small
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Speaking the Same Language?
  2. Joshua D. Englehardt and Ivy A. Rieger
  3. pp. 3-28
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  1. 1. Research Collaboration in Mesoamerica and the Pueblo Southwest
  2. Vincent M. LaMotta and John Monaghan
  3. pp. 29-44
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  1. 2. “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time”: The Fate of Cultural Evolution in Cultural Anthropology
  2. Paul Shankman
  3. pp. 45-68
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  1. 3. Ontology Matters in Archaeology and Anthropology: People, Things, and Posthumanism
  2. Fredrik Fahlander
  3. pp. 69-86
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  1. 4. Ethnographic Stratigraphies: Mapping Practical Exchanges between Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology
  2. Ivy A. Rieger
  3. pp. 87-102
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  1. 5. Archaeological Boundaries and Anthropological Frontiers: A View from South of the Border
  2. Joshua D. Englehardt
  3. pp. 103-128
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  1. 6. Tribes—Chimeras or Chameleons?: Kinship, Marriage, Gender, and Hierarchy in Archaeological Theory and Nuer Ethnography
  2. Joseph R. Hellweg
  3. pp. 129-152
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  1. 7. The Ancestral Stew Pot: Culinary Practices at a Contemporary Yucatecan Village
  2. Lilia Fernández Souza
  3. pp. 153-180
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  1. 8. Filling in the Blanks: Archaeology, Ethnography, and the Aj Pop B’atz’ Project
  2. Ashley Kistler
  3. pp. 181-202
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  1. 9. The Interface between Anthropology and Archaeology: A View from Ancient Greece
  2. David B. Small
  3. pp. 203-226
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  1. 10. Given a Choice: Integrating Approaches to Choice and Wellbeing in Present and Past Societies
  2. Kent Fowler and Derek Johnson
  3. pp. 227-252
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  1. Conclusions: Anthropological Pasts and Futures
  2. Donna M. Goldstein
  3. pp. 253-268
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  1. Conclusions: Anthropology, Archaeology, and the Legacy of Franz Boas; or, “Hello, My Name is Bill, I am an Anthropologist. No wait. I am an Archaeologist. No. Wait...”
  2. William A. Parkinson
  3. pp. 269-286
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-300
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607325420
Related ISBN
9781607325413
MARC Record
OCLC
983204933
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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