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Instituting Archaeology

in Facts on the Ground

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780226001944
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226002156 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226002156.003.0003
Instituting Archaeology

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Securing archaeology as an intellectual pursuit—whether on the part of the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society or British mandate authorities—involved a series of efforts to define, demarcate, and protect its objects of knowledge. Specific objects and spaces had to be subjected to particular regulations and expertise, ensuring a delimitation of archaeology's domain, through which entire terrains were remade—legally, aesthetically, and practically. As Timothy Lenoir has argued, the work of discipline building entails reconfiguring epistemological visions and cultural commitments that underpin the social and political order. That labor, in other words, necessitates a struggle to redefine what is to count as valuable (and as valuable knowledge) within the larger social world.

Keywords: archaeology; social order; discipline building; epistemology; knowledge base

Chapter.  12113 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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