Global Archaeological Theory

Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts

Editors: Funari, Pedro Paulo, Zarankin, Andrés, Stovel, Emily (Eds.)

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Archaeological theory has gone through a great upheaval in the last 50 years – from the processual theory, which wanted to make archaeology more "scientific" to post-processual theory, which understands that interpreting human behavior (even of past cultures) is a subjective study. This subjective approach incorporates a plurality of readings, thereby implying that different interpretations are always possible, allowing us to modify and change our ideas under the light of new information and/or interpretive frameworks. In this way, interpretations form a continuous flow of transformation and change, and thus archaeologists do not uncover a real past but rather construct a historical past or a narrative of the past.

Post-processual theory also incorporates a conscious and explicit political interest on the past of the scholar and the subject. This includes fields and topics such as gender issues, ethnicity, class, landscapes, and consumption. This reflects a conscious attempt to also decentralize the discipline, from an imperialist point of view to an empowering one. Method and theory also means being politically aware and engaged to incorporate diverse critical approaches to improve understanding of the past and the present.

This book focuses on the fundamental theoretical issues found in the discipline and thus both engages and represents the very rich plurality of the post-processual approach to archaeology. The book is divided into four sections: Issues in Archaeological Theory, Archaeological Theory and Method in Action, Space and Power in Material Culture, and Images as Material Discourse.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

Table of contents (22 chapters)
  • Materiality and the Social

    Pages 1-9

    Funari, Pedro Paulo (et al.)

  • Materiality and the Social

    Pages 11-18

    Thomas, Julian

  • Archaeology and the Meanings of Material Culture

    Pages 19-27

    Guarinello, Norberto Luiz

  • Why is There Material Culture Rather than Nothing? Heideggerian Thoughts and Archaeology

    Pages 29-42

    Karlsson, Håkan

  • What Conditions of Existence Sustain a Tension Found in the Use of Written and Material Documents in Archaeology?

    Pages 43-58

    Reis, José Alberione dos

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Archaeological Theory
Book Subtitle
Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts
Editors
  • Pedro Paulo Funari
  • Andrés Zarankin
  • Emily Stovel
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-48652-4
DOI
10.1007/b110039
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-48650-0
Softcover ISBN
978-0-306-48651-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 380
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