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In his 1948 work A Study of Archeology, recently minted Harvard Ph.D. Walter W. Taylor delivered the strongest and most substantial critique of American archaeology ever published. He created many enemies with his dissection of the research programs of America's leading scholars, who took it as a personal affront. Taylor subsequently saw his ideas co-opted, his research pushed to the margins, and his students punished. Publicly humiliated at the 1985 Society for American Archaeology meeting, he suffered ridicule until his death in 1997. Nearly everyone in the archaeological community read Taylor's book at the time, and despite the negative reaction, many were influenced by it. Few young scholars dared to directly engage and build on his "conjunctive approach," yet his suggested methods nevertheless began to be adopted and countless present-day authors highlight his impact on the 1960s formation of the "New Archaeology." In Prophet, Pariah, and Pioneer, peers, colleagues, and former students offer a critical consideration of Taylor's influence and legacy. Neither a festschrift nor a mere analysis of his work, the book presents an array of voices exploring Taylor and his influence, sociologically and intellectually, as well as the culture of American archaeology in the second half of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Figures and tables
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xv-xix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxi-xxx
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  1. Part I: Introduction, Background, and Overview
  2. p. 1
  1. 1: Then and Now: W. W. Taylor and American Archaeology
  2. pp. 3-55
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  1. 2: Walter Willard Taylor Jr.: A Biographical Sketch and Bibliography
  2. pp. 57-71
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  1. 3: No Man Is an Island: The Scholarship of Walter W. Taylor
  2. pp. 73-99
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  1. Part II: Southern Illinois University: Colleagues’ Perspectives
  2. p. 101
  1. 4: Walter Taylor: POW, Professor, and Colleague
  2. pp. 103-117
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  1. 5: Professor Walter W. Taylor as Chairman
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. 6: Reflections on Walter Taylor
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. Part III: Southern Illinois University: Students’ Perspectives
  2. p. 127
  1. 7: Walter Taylor in the 1960s
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. 8: Yanaconas
  2. pp. 141-147
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  1. 9: Walter W. Taylor: Prophet, Pariah, and Pioneer
  2. pp. 149-168
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  1. 10: Walter Taylor: A Stimulating and Problematic Professor
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. 11: Professor Walter W. Taylor
  2. pp. 177-194
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  1. Part IV: Analyses of Taylor’s Work and Influence
  2. p. 195
  1. 12: Remembering Walter Taylor
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. 13: Walter W. Taylor’s A Study of Arch(a)eology: Its Impact, or Lack Thereof, 1943–Present
  2. pp. 201-215
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  1. 14: Cornelius Osgood, Preceptor
  2. pp. 217-226
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  1. 15: Walter W. Taylor and the Study of Maya Iconography
  2. pp. 227-242
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  1. 16: Walter Taylor’s Conjunctive Approach in Maya Archaeology
  2. pp. 243-298
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  1. 17: Walter W. Taylor in the Southwest
  2. pp. 299-313
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  1. 18: Walter Taylor and the Production of Anger in American Archaeology
  2. pp. 315-330
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  1. Part V: Discussion
  2. p. 331
  1. 19: “Conjunctivitis”: Notes on Historical Ethnography, Paradigms, and Social Networks in Academia
  2. pp. 333-356
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 357-362
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  1. References
  2. pp. 363-406
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 407-416
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607320784
Print ISBN
9780870819520
MARC Record
OCLC
664572617
Pages
488
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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