Activism and creating a translational archaeology of homelessness

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Article Title

Activism and creating a translational archaeology of homelessness

Journal Title

Archaeology and Contemporary Society

Author(s)

Zimmerman, Larry J. and Singleton, Courtney and Welch, Jessica

Year of Publication

2010

Volume Number

42

Issue Number

3

Article Pages

443-454

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00438243.2010.497400

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Taylor and Francis Online

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English

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Abstract: Archaeologists can provide useful perspectives on contemporary social problems if they are willing to engage in ‘politics’ and translate their findings into information useful for developing social policy, and if they are willing to become activists. To do this they need to emphasize the acquisition, use and distribution of material culture and work collaboratively with communities. This paper provides a brief example of how translational archaeology might work, describing an attempt to develop an archaeology of homelessness in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Additional tags: homelessness; activism; social policy

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