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Recasting the Foundations: New Approaches to Regional Understandings of South Asian Archaeology and the Problem of Culture History

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Title: Recasting the Foundations: New Approaches to Regional Understandings of South Asian Archaeology and the Problem of Culture History
Authors: Johansen, Peter G.
Keywords: Introduction
South Asia
archaeology
race
language
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culture history
diffusion

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LC Subject Headings: Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation: Johansen, P. G. 2003. Recasting the Foundations: New Approaches to Regional Understandings of South Asian Archaeology and the Problem of Culture History. Asian Perspectives 42 (2): 193-206.
Series/Report no.: Volume 42
Number 2
Abstract: The archaeological record of South Asia's rich and diverse past has been largely dominated by interpretational frameworks, which have the construction of culture histories as their core, if not their end. Normative and conservative understandings of culture implicit in the culture-history paradigm have resulted in the construction of static archaeological cultures coterminous with ethnolinguistic communities, races or 'peoples' from material culture trait lists. An understanding of culture that recognizes its contingent, dynamic, and categorical nature is required in order to approach the complex and unique sets of historical circumstances and relationships that have shaped South Asia's past. Articles in this volume present new research and perspectives that pose a variety of new questions about the organization of social, political, and economic processes that push beyond the epistemic limitations of the culture-history foundations of South Asian archaeology. KEYWORDS: South Asia, archaeology, race, language, culture, culture history, diffusion.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17188
ISSN: 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 2003 - Volume 42, Number 2 (Fall)



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