Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique

Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique

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In recent years, postcolonial theories have emerged as one of the significant paradigms of contemporary academia, affecting disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences. These theories address the complex processes if colonialism on culture and societya€”with repect to both the colonizers and the colonizeda€”to help us understand the colonial experience in its entirety. The contributors to Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique present critical syntheses of archaeological and postcolonial studies by examining both Old and New World case studies, and they ask what the ultimate effect of postcolonial theorizing will be on the practice of archaeology in the twenty-first century.Jeganathan (1995) has pointed out four facets of rediscovering Anuradhapura: historiographic formation, spatial ... Nurtured in the Classical traditions, colonial administrators and intelligentsia found no problems locating the a€œGolden Agea€ of Sri Lankan history at Anuradhapura through an association of its monuments with Great Men and parallels found in the British Empire (Jeganathan 1995; Nissananbsp;...

Title:Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique
Author:Matthew Liebmann
Publisher:Rowman Altamira - 2008-08-07


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