Anarchy in the UK

Author(s): Lorna J Richardson

Year: 2015


This paper will view British public archaeology through the lens of the specifically British experience of politically energetic and aggressive militant working class sub-cultural phenomenon of punk rock, which asked questions about social issues such as unemployment, racism, sexism, identity and militarism, and the contradictions inherent within a Punk Public Archaeology approach in the UK. It will situate the DIY aesthetic of British Punk Public Archaeology as a cultural expression within a dominating capitalist economy and discuss the ethics of volunteer labour, prosumer commodification, the lack of state responsibility for archaeological product and the ability of Punk Public Archaeology to effectively challenge exclusionary "cultural violence" (Galtung, 1990, 292).

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Anarchy in the UK. Lorna J Richardson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434166)

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DIY militant punk Theory

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 597