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Racism and the Society for Historical Archaeology: Advancing an Anti-Racist Institutional Identity

Author(s): Michael Nassaney ; Cheryl LaRoche

Year: 2015

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Archaeologists are well aware of the ways in which our personal and political lives influence our practice. Since the 1980s the profession has paid increasing attention to the racialization of the past and how white privilege, white supremacy, and racial hierarchy structured the material world and our analysis of it. We have paid less attention to how these conditions continue to structure our institutions. Membership surveys in archaeology demonstrate that our professional societies are dominated by European Americans. Practices in our predominantly white discipline support and reproduce values, attitudes, conditions, and worldviews that perpetuate historically constructed privilege. This poster challenges the membership to consider what an anti-racist SHA would look like and how can we attempt to claim an equitable, anti-racist institutional identity. 


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Racism and the Society for Historical Archaeology: Advancing an Anti-Racist Institutional Identity. Michael Nassaney, Cheryl LaRoche. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434119)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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