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Archaeology and Capitalism
From Ethics to Politics
Yannis Hamilakis (Editor); Philip Duke (Editor)
298 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Dec, 2007
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Series
  - One World Archaeology

Related Interest
  - Anthropology
  - Archaeology

The editors and contributors to this volume focus on the inherent political nature of archaeology and its impact on the practice of the discipline. The discipline is not about an abstract
"Without any exception, all chapters in this book are interesting and worth reading. Not all fully succeed in making that clear step ‘from ethics to politics’ but most of them do, and, overall, the aims of the editors have been achieved. This book is indeed different from previous collections of articles on the sociopolitics of archaeology as it touches more consistently and more eloquently than its predecessors on the issue of the relevance of the political world to the practice of archaeology."

- Umberto Albarella, European Journal of Archaeology

"This collection of papers represents a thoughtful endeavor to grapple with the question, as McGuire phrases it, archaeology for whom? This volume is a welcome addition to the literature on archaeological ethics, public archaeology, and practicing archaeology."

- Christine T. Halperin, Journal of Anthropological Research

“archaeological record” but about living individuals and communities, whose lives and heritage suffer from the abuse of power relationships with states and their agents. Only by recognizing this power disparity, and adopting a political ethic for the discipline, can archaeology justify its activities. A direct challenge to the discipline, this volume will provoke discussion, disagreement, and inspiration for many in the field.

This title is sponsored by World Archaeological Congress.

The World Archaeological Congress is the only archaeological organisation with elected global representation. Membership is open to archaeologists, heritage managers and members of the public.WAC is committed to the scientific investigation of the past and the protection of cultural heritage worldwide. It supports the empirical investigation and appreciation of the political contexts within which research is conducted and interpreted, and promotes dialogue and debate among advocates of different views of the past. It is committed to diversity and to redressing global inequities in archaeology, through scholarly programs. WAC has a special interest in protecting the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, minorities and economically disadvantaged countries. It encourages the participation of Indigenous peoples, researchers from low-income countries and members of the public who are interested in cultural heritage.

WAC Promotes
* Scientific Research and publication on the material remains of the past.
* Public Education to provide communities with information to participate in archaeological work.
* Professional Education and Training for economically disadvantaged nations, groups and communities.
* Action Research addressing issues relevant to the empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups, minorities and the poor.
* Conservation of cultural heritage that is threatened by looting, vandalism, urban growth, tourism, development or war.

Left Coast Press, Inc. publishes two book series for the Congress, WAC Research Handbooks in Archaeology and the One World Archaeology Series (formerly published by Routledge and UCL Press; Left Coast Press volumes begin with volume 48, 2006).





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