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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Polity Press
|Publication Date: 2012|
The volume captures the diversity of contemporary archaeological theory. Some authors argue for an approach close to the natural sciences, others for an engagement with cultural debate about representation of the past. Some minimize the relevance of culture to societal change, while others see it as central; some focus on the contingent and the local, others on long-term evolution. While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would today argue for a unified disciplinary approach, the authors in this volume increasingly see links and convergences between their perspectives.
The volume also reflects archaeology's new openness to external influences, as well as the desire to contribute to wider debates. The contributors examine ways in which archaeological evidence contributes to theories of evolutionary psychology, as well as to the social sciences in general, where theories of social relationships, agency, landscape and identity are informed by the long-term perspective of archaeology.
The new edition of Archaeological Theory Today will continue to be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology and in the social sciences more generally.
"In Archaeological Theory Today, Ian Hodder has assembled afine collection of papers that, taken together, present a vibrantand exciting overview of current theoretical trends. Reading thisvolume, one is struck not just by the diversity of archaeologicaltheory today, but by its breadth, depth, and sheer intellectualvitality. This book is not just an overview of current thinking,but an eloquent statement of the importance of archaeology as amodern human science."
Matthew Johnson, Northwestern University
"Archaeology has changed dramatically since the early 1980s. Itis more inclusive, more holistic, and more relevant to the modernworld. These changes are the product of the interplay of internaldebates about epistemology and external discussions regardingsocial and political factors in the context of knowledgeproduction. This new edition interrogates standard assumptionsunderlying such oppositions as culture and agency, matter andmateriality, individual and society, colonial power and indigenousresistance, and, in the process, offers exciting new waysforward."
Robert W. Preucel, University of Pennsylvania
"In this new edition, valuable chapters on cognition/symbolism,agency, landscape, and post-colonial archaeology are revised andcarried on from the first edition. New chapters on materiality,behavioral ecology, complex systems, heritage, and indigenousknowledge (among others) are added. The new ATT admirablytakes the pulse of major and progressive trends in social theory byleading archaeologists."
Norman Yoffee, University of Nevada, Las Vegas