After Modernity: Archaeological Approaches to the Contemporary Past

Paperback | August 15, 2010

byRodney Harrison, John Schofield

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This book summarizes archaeological approaches to the contemporary past, and suggests a new agenda for the archaeology of late modern societies. The principal focus is the archaeology of developed, de-industrialized societies during the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning ofthe twenty-first. This period encompasses the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the 'internet age', a period which sits firmly within what we would recognize to be a period of 'lived and living memory'. Rodney Harrison and John Schofield explore how archaeology can inform the study of thistime period and the study of our own society through detailed case studies and an in-depth summary of the existing literature. Their book draws together cross-disciplinary perspectives on contemporary material culture studies, and develops a new agenda for the study of the materiality of late modernsocieties.

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This book summarizes archaeological approaches to the contemporary past, and suggests a new agenda for the archaeology of late modern societies. The principal focus is the archaeology of developed, de-industrialized societies during the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning ofthe twenty-first. This period encompasses t...

Dr. Rodney Harrison is a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the Open University. Dr. John Schofield is a member of English Heritiage's Characterisation Team.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199548080

ISBN - 13:9780199548088

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction1. Surveying the field: the development of an archaeology of the recent and contemporary past2. A disciplinary (pre)history3. Field methods4. Working across disciplines5. Theory and politics2. Archaeological approaches to late modern societies6. Artefacts7. Sites8. Landscapes9. Non-places and virtual worlds10. Conclusions