After Modernity: Archaeological Approaches to the by Rodney Harrison

By Rodney Harrison

After Modernity summarizes archaeological methods to the modern prior, and indicates a brand new time table for the archaeology of past due smooth societies. The imperative concentration is the archaeology of constructed, de-industrialized societies through the moment half the 20th century and the start of the twenty-first. this era encompasses the top of the chilly battle and the start of the 'internet age', a interval which sits firmly inside what we'd realize to be a interval of 'lived and residing memory'. Rodney Harrison and John Schofield discover how archaeology can tell the research of this period of time and the research of our personal society via distinctive case reviews and an in-depth precis of the prevailing literature. After Modernity attracts jointly cross-disciplinary views on modern fabric tradition reports, and develops a brand new time table for the learn of the materiality of overdue sleek societies.

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At the same time as these important developments in postprocessual archaeology in Britain and the US (as well as other countries such as Australia and South Africa, and in Latin America), an interest in modern material culture based on more anthropological methodologies was also gaining momentum in Britain, the US, and France. This field has subsequently come to be referred to as ‘material culture studies’. While the interests of this field are diverse and include both modern material culture and collections of ancient material culture in the present, the reinvigoration of anthropological studies of material culture that it ignited 30 A Disciplinary (Pre)History was influential in stimulating a renewed interest amongst archaeologists in contemporary material culture.

At the same time as these important developments in postprocessual archaeology in Britain and the US (as well as other countries such as Australia and South Africa, and in Latin America), an interest in modern material culture based on more anthropological methodologies was also gaining momentum in Britain, the US, and France. This field has subsequently come to be referred to as ‘material culture studies’. While the interests of this field are diverse and include both modern material culture and collections of ancient material culture in the present, the reinvigoration of anthropological studies of material culture that it ignited 30 A Disciplinary (Pre)History was influential in stimulating a renewed interest amongst archaeologists in contemporary material culture.

The Cold War period has also been the subject of significant academic attention within the higher education and heritage sectors. Major overview studies have been published on the archaeology and A Disciplinary (Pre)History 43 architecture of this period (Beck 2002; Johnson 2002; Cocroft and Thomas 2003). As with earlier overviews, these led to further more detailed studies, of particular places or thematic and topic-based research, such as wall art for example (Cocroft et al. 2006). Some of these studies are described more fully in Chapter 7.

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