Critical Archaeology in Practice: An Essay by Raphael Greenberg

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Critical archaeology is founded in critical theory,and thus, at a primary level, refers to an intellectual approach that seeks to identify the social and political coordinates of the production and reproduction of cultures and institutions, and of knowledge, with particular reference to structures of domination andto the possibility of resistance. As such, critical archaeology is relevant to all facets of archaeological research and practice, and has a rich tradition.More specifically, however, critical archaeology sees itself as a de-colonizing emancipatory praxis,an ethical intervention directed at complacency and complicity in archaeological teaching and practice,and thus takes on a more prescriptive or proactive role in the specific circumstances where it is applied.In the following paragraphs, I consider mainly the latter aspect, with the implication that critical archaeology is what critical archaeologists actually do.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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2 Responses to Critical Archaeology in Practice: An Essay by Raphael Greenberg

  1. Matthew Hamilton says:

    “critical archaeology sees itself as a de-colonizing emancipatory praxis,an ethical intervention directed at complacency and complicity in archaeological teaching and practice,and thus takes on a more prescriptive or proactive role in the specific circumstances where it is applied”

    Sounds just like a lot of the pseudo-scholarship mumbo-jumbo used in literary deconstruction of the 1980s to make it sound like a “real” science with “real” methodology. Just needs a few more words to make it gender neutral, alternative sexualities affirming, post-colonial, etc etc etc

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