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Subjectification and the Archaeology of Violence: The 19th century Anti-Chinese Movement in San Jose, California

Author(s): Barbara Voss

Year: 2015

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Communal violence is often central to subjectification and the process of creating and sustaining social difference. Preliminary results of archival studies and archaeological research trace the relationship between violence and subject formation among participants of the anti-Chinese movement in 19th century San Jose, which enacted campaigns of harassment and direct violence against Chinese immigrant and Chinese American residents of the city. What material practices and social performances transform neighbors into enemies? What rhetorics and materialities legitimize and rationalize the use of force? What archaeological traces can aid in reconstructing victims’ responses and persistence in the midst of routinized violence? Overall, this investigation seeks to forge connections between anthropological theories of communal violence and what Paul Mullins has termed the "archaeology of the color line" in North America.

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Subjectification and the Archaeology of Violence: The 19th century Anti-Chinese Movement in San Jose, California. Barbara Voss. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396290)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America