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Appropriated pasts : indigenous peoples and the colonial culture of archaeology / Ian J. McNiven, Lynette Russell
Bib ID 3581544
Format BookBook
Author
McNiven, Ian J
 
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Description Lanham, MD : AltaMira Press, c2005 
x, 317 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0759109060
0759109079
Series

Archaeology in society series.

Summary

"Archaeology has been complicit in the appropriation of Indigenous peoples' pasts worldwide. While tales of blatant archaeological colonialism abound from the era of empire, the process also took more subtle and insidious forms. Ian J. McNiven and Lynette Russell outline archaeology's "colonial culture" and how it has shaped archaeological practice over the past century. Using examples from their native Australia - and comparative material from North America, Africa, and elsewhere - the authors show how colonized peoples were objectified by research, had their needs subordinated to those of science, were disassociated from their accomplishments by theories of diffusion, watched their histories reshaped by Western concepts of social evolution, and had their cultures appropriated toward nationalist ends. The authors conclude by offering a decolonized archaeological practice through collaborative partnership with native peoples in understanding their past."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Colonial culture of archaeology
  • 2. Progressivism : the invention of prehistory
  • 3. Antiquation : aboriginal peoples as living fossils
  • 4. Migrationism : the archaeology of dispossession
  • 5. Diffusionism : the archaeology of alienation
  • 6. Subjectation : appropriation through science
  • 7. Shared history : the new appropriation
  • 8. Partnerships : pathways to a decolonized practice.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Archaeology -- History.  |  Archaeology and history.  |  Colonization -- Social aspects -- History.  |  Colonies -- History.  |  Indigenous peoples.  |  Archaeology - Theory and criticism.  |  Sites - Stone arrangements.  |  Sites - Mortuary sites and cemeteries.  |  Art - Subjects - Gwion Gwion figures.  |  Colonisation.  |  Mount Elephant (W Vic SJ54-08)
Other authors/contributors Russell, Lynette

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