The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

Hardcover | November 17, 2013

EditorPaul Graves-brown, Rodney Harrison, Angela Piccini

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It has been clear for many years that the ways in which archaeology is practised have always been a direct product of a particular set of social, cultural, and historical circumstances - archaeology is always carried out in the present. More recently however, many have begun to consider howarchaeological methodologies and techniques might be used to reflect more directly on the contemporary world itself; how we might undertake archaeologies of, as well as in the present. This Handbook is the first comprehensive survey of an exciting and rapidly expanding sub-field and provides anauthoritative overview of this newly emerging focus on the archaeology of the present and recent past. In addition to detailed archaeological case studies, it includes essays by scholars working in adjacent fields on the relationship of different disciplines to the archaeology of the contemporary world, including anthropology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, historical geography, science andtechnology studies, communications and media studies, ethnoarchaeology, forensic archaeology, sociology, film studies, and performance studies/contemporary art practices. This volume seeks to explore the boundaries of an emerging sub-discipline, to develop a tool-kit of concepts and methods whichare applicable to this new sub-field, and to suggest important future trajectories for research. It makes a significant intervention in drawing together scholars working on a broad range of themes, approaches, methods, and case studies from diverse contexts in different parts of the world, whichhave not previously been considered collectively.

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It has been clear for many years that the ways in which archaeology is practised have always been a direct product of a particular set of social, cultural, and historical circumstances - archaeology is always carried out in the present. More recently however, many have begun to consider howarchaeological methodologies and techniques mi...

Paul Graves-Brown is an independent scholar living in Wales. In addition to the edited volume Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture (2000), he has published widely on topics as diverse as the Sex Pistols and the Kalashnikov AK47. Rodney Harrison is a Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:838 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:November 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199602001

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AcknowledgementsList of ContributorsList of FiguresPaul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison and Angela Piccini: IntroductionPart 1: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives2. Kathryn Fewster: The relationship between ethnoarchaeology and archaeologies of the contemporary past: a historical investigation3. Natasha Powers and Lucy Sibun: Forensic archaeology4. Penny Harvey: Anthropological approaches to contemporary material worlds5. Tim Cole: The place of things in contemporary history6. Alan Costall and Ann Richards: The things that things are for: psychology and contemporary material culture7. James Gordon Finlayson: To the things themselves again: philosophical observations on what things are and why they matter8. Timothy Webmoor: Symmetry, STS and the archaeology of the contemporary world9. Albena Yaneva: Actor-Network Theory and the archaeology of buildings as architectural machines10. Sean Cubitt: Global media and archaeologies of network technologies11. Wrights and Sites (Stephen Hodge, Simon Persighetti, Phil Smith and Cathy Turner): Performance and the stratigraphy of place: Everything You Need to Build a Town is HerePart 2: Recurrent Themes12. Laurent Olivier: Time13. Severin Fowles and Kaet Heupel: Absence14. Gavin Lucas: Ruins15. Bjornar Olsen: Memory16. Paul Graves-Brown: Authenticity17. Laura McAtackney: Sectarianism18. Michael Brian Schiffer: Afterlives19. Joshua Reno: Waste20. Rodney Harrison: Heritage21. Denis Byrne: Difference22. Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal: Modernism23. Anna Badcock and Robert Johnston: Protest24. Larry J. Zimmerman: Homelessness25. Gabriel Moshenska: Conflict26. Richard A. Gould: Disaster27. Matt Edgeworth: ScalePart 3: Mobilities, Space, Place28. Mimi Sheller: Aluminology: An Archaeology of Mobile Modernity29. A.C. Gorman and Beth Laura O Leary: The Archaeology of Space Exploration30. Nick Shepherd: Contemporary Archaeology in the Postcolony: Disciplinary Entrapments, Subaltern Epistemologies31. Peter Merriman: Archaeologies of Automobility32. Shannon Lee Dawdy: Archaeology of Modern American Death: Grave Goods and Blithe Mementos33. John Schofield: A Dirtier Realitya Archaeological Methods and the Urban Project34. Laurie A. Wilkie: Heritage and Modernism in New York35. Uzma Z. Rizvi: Checkpoints as Gendered Spaces: An autoarchaeology of War, Heritage and the City36. Paul R. Mullins: Race and Prosaic Materiality: The Archaeology of Contemporary Urban Space and the Invisible Color LinePeter Metelerkamp: Photoessay: Institutional SpacesPart 4: Media and Mutabilities37. Helen Wickstead: Between the Lines: Drawing Archaeology38. James R. Dixon: Two riots: The importance of civil unrest in contemporary archaeology39. Liz Watkins: The Materiality of Film40. Carolyn L. White: The Burning Man Festival and the Archaeology of Ephemeral and Temporary Gatherings41. Angela Piccini: Olympic City Screens: Media, Matter and Making Place42. Cornelius Holtorf: Material Animals: An Archaeology of Contemporary Zoo ExperiencesCaitlin DeSilvey, with photographs by Steven Bond and Caitlin DeSilvey: Photoessay: On Salvage PhotographyPart 5: Things and Connectivities43. Christine Finn: Silicon Valley44. David de Leon: Building Thought into Things45. Sefryn Penrose: Archaeologies of the Postindustrial Body46. Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller: The Material Cellphone47. Sarah May: The contemporary material culture of the cult of the infant: constructing children as desiring subjects48. Jem Noble: VHS: A Posthumanist Aesthetics of Recording and Distribution49. Pierre Lemonnier: Auto-anthropology, modernity and automobilesYannis Hamilakis and Fotis Ifantidis: Photoessay: The Other Acropolises: Multi-temporality and the Persistence of the PastIndex