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This volume demonstrates how humans adapt to new and challenging environments by building and adjusting their identities. By gathering a diverse set of case studies that draw on popular themes in contemporary historical archaeology and current trends in archaeological method and theory, it shows the many ways identity formation can be seen in the material world that humans create. The essays focus on situations across the globe where humans have experienced dissonance in the form of colonization, migration, conflict, marginalization, and other cultural encounters. Featuring a wide time span that reaches to the ancient past, examples include Roman soldiers in Britain, Vikings in Iceland and the Orkney Islands, sex workers in French colonial Algeria, Irish immigrants to the United States, an African American community in nineteenth-century New York City, and the Taino people of contemporary Puerto Rico. These studies draw on a variety of data, from excavated artifacts to landscape and architecture to archival materials. In their analyses, contributors explore multiple aspects of identity such as class, gender, race, and ethnicity, showing how these factors intersect for many of the individuals and groups studied. The questions of identity formation explored in this volume are critical to understanding the world today as humans continue to grapple with the legacies of colonialism and the realities of globalized and divided societies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. O Brave New World: A Look at Identity and Dissonance
  2. Diane F. George, Bernice Kurchin, and Kelly M. Britt
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. I. PEOPLE
  1. 2. Cupid’s Bow: Personal Adornment and White Creole Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century Montserrat, West Indies
  2. Jessica Striebel MacLean
  3. pp. 19-38
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  1. 3. The New York Irish: Fashioning Urban Identities in Nineteenth-Century New York City
  2. Meredith B. Linn
  3. pp. 39-66
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  1. 4. Bodies under Scrutiny: Redefining Sex Worker Identity in Early Colonial Algiers
  2. Lisa Geiger
  3. pp. 67-91
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  1. II. SPACE
  1. 5. Two Houses: Windows on the Identity of Chief Richardville
  2. Elizabeth Katherine Spott
  3. pp. 92-105
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  1. 6. “The Little Stairway under the Bell”: Ethnicity, Race, and Class in Antebellum Brooklyn
  2. Marcus Alan Watson
  3. pp. 106-132
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  1. 7. Soldiers on the Wall: Space and Identity on the Romano-British Frontier
  2. Bernice Kurchin and Judith Bianciardi
  3. pp. 133-156
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  1. III. PLACE
  1. 8. Constructing Identity in Seneca Village
  2. Diana diZerega Wall, Nan A. Rothschild, and Meredith B. Linn
  3. pp. 157-180
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  1. 9. Where Are the Outsiders? A Discussion of Site Identity Formation through a Deconstruction of the Built Environment of Dogtown, Massachusetts
  2. Elizabeth Martin
  3. pp. 181-200
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  1. 10. Agency and Renegotiated Identities in the North Atlantic Isles
  2. Ruth A. Maher and Julie M. Bond
  3. pp. 201-228
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  1. IV. TIME
  1. 11. “El Grito de Caguana”: Identity Conflict in Puerto Rico
  2. Rosalina Diaz
  3. pp. 229-250
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  1. 12. “Sacred to the Memory of Washington”: National Identity Formation in Post-Revolutionary New York City
  2. Diane F. George
  3. pp. 251-276
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  1. 13. On Time and Identity: Some Notes toward an Archaeology of the Future
  2. O. Hugo Benavides and Bernice Kurchin
  3. pp. 277-286
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-296
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813057026
Related ISBN
9780813056197
MARC Record
OCLC
1083205436
Pages
308
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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