Transforming Archaeology: Activist Practices and Prospects

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Transforming Archaeology: Activist Practices and Prospects


Atalay, Sonya and Clauss, Lee Rains and McGuire, Randall H. and Welch, John R.

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Left Coast Press, Inc.

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Walnut Creek, CA

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Edited Volume


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Archaeology for whom? The dozen well-known contributors to this innovative volume suggest nothing less than a transformation of the discipline into a service-oriented, community-based endeavor. They wish to replace the primacy of meeting academic demands with meeting the needs and values of those outside the field who may benefit most from our work. They insist that we employ both rigorous scientific methods and an equally rigorous critique of those practices to ensure that our work addresses real-world social, environmental, and political problems. A transformed archaeology requires both personal engagement and a new toolkit. Thus, in addition to the theoretical grounding and case materials from around the world, each contributor offers a personal statement of their goals and an outline of collaborative methods that can be adopted by other archaeologists.

Also published in 2016 by Routledge.

Transforming archaeology / Sonya Atalay, Lee Rains Clauss, Randall H. McGuire and John R. Welch
Betwixt and between: archaeology's liminality and activism's transformative promise / Lee Rains Clauss
Engaging archaeology: positivism, objectivity and rigor in activist archaeology / Sonya Atalay
Situating activism in archaeology: science mission, activist affect, and the archaeological record / Quetzil CastaƱeda
"We have met the enemy and he is us": transforming archaeology through sustainable design / John R. Welch and Neal Ferris
Working class archaeology / Randall H. McGuire
Reconciling inequalities in archaeological practice and heritage research / George Nicholas
Transforming the terms of engagement between archaeologists and communities: a view from the Maya region / Patricia A. McAnany
From the bottom up: transforming communities with public archaeology / M. Jay Stottman
Activating archaeology / K. Anne Pyburn
Beyond archaeological agendas: in the service of a sustainable archaeology / Neal Ferris and John R. Welch
Archaeologists as activists, advocates, and expert witnesses / T.J. Ferguson.


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