Archaeology and capitalism: from ethics to politics

Hamilakis, Yannis and Duke, Philip (eds.) (2007) Archaeology and capitalism: from ethics to politics, Walnut Creek, USA, Left Coast Press, 352pp. (One World Archaeology).


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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 “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.

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ISBNs: 9781598742701 (print)
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December 2007Published
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:19
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