By Matthew Liebmann, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Greg Borgstede, Craig N. Cipolla, Praveena Gullapalli, Ian Lilley, Jaime R. Pagán Jiménez, Thomas C. Patterson, Robert W. Preucel, Reniel Rodriguez Ramos, Sandra Scham, Sudharshan Seneviratne, Jason Yaeger
Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique represents a synthesis of postcolonial archaeological experiences from the outdated and New Worlds. This quantity addresses the techniques of postcolonialism in mild of recent paradigms in modern academia that have an effect on the perform of archaeology.
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Attempting to recover or HETEROGENEOUS ENCOUNTERS 39 identify the voices of the subaltern means engaging with a colonial archive that by its very nature favors and supports analysis of the colonizer at the expense of the colonized and of the elite at the expense of the subaltern. Indeed, the disciplinary documents of history form an inextricable part of the legitimizing project of the colonial powers, such that a critique of them becomes a critique of the discipline (Prakash 1994). In other words, to work within the discipline of history means working within frameworks that inherently privilege certain forms of knowing over others; it means working with documents and sources that were created within unequal power dynamics that are replicated in the “doing” of academic history.
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Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique by Matthew Liebmann, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Greg Borgstede, Craig N. Cipolla, Praveena Gullapalli, Ian Lilley, Jaime R. Pagán Jiménez, Thomas C. Patterson, Robert W. Preucel, Reniel Rodriguez Ramos, Sandra Scham, Sudharshan Seneviratne, Jason Yaeger