Global Capitalism Is Modern Colonialism 

Author(s): Justin E. Uehlein

Year: 2013

Summary

Colonialism has long been a focus of research within the field of Historical Archaeology. Recently, archaeological understanding of colonialism has become more complex and realistic as researchers have included issues centering on consumerism, the articulations of colonialist processes with capitalism, and colonialism’s role in globalization processes. However, much Historical Archaeological scholarship has implicitly or explicitly recognized colonialism as an arterial process within the larger body of globalizing historical capitalism. To the contrary, in this paper I will argue that global capitalism is really a byproduct of colonialism and as such is now a colonizing force in world historical processes. As will be demonstrated, this shift in perspective will provide historical archaeology with fresh and relevant analytical means of generating insights into contemporary global, social and political-economic conditions. 

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Global Capitalism Is Modern Colonialism . Justin E. Uehlein. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428721)

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