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At Home in the City: reflections on theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary homeless heritage

Author(s): Rachael R M Kiddey

Year: 2016

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Summary

The Homeless Heritage project (2009-2013) was a collaborative public archaeology project that sought to document contemporary homelessness from the perspective of homeless people in two British cities, Bristol and York. This paper draws on case studies from the Homeless Heritage project and expands upon a paper given at SHA 2013 (Leicester) when fieldwork was in its concluding phase. Three years on, this paper reflects upon the theoretical and methodological challenges that were present and explores some of the ways in which these were met. Importantly, the paper argues that the city represents a critical space in which to conduct archaeological research into how competing publics are materially constituted and how differences are expressed and may be interpreted. It is suggested that, as populated places, archaeological research in the contemporary city must be located firmly within anthropological discourse which attends to ethical implications. 


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At Home in the City: reflections on theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary homeless heritage. Rachael R M Kiddey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434492)


Keywords

General
City heritage homelessness

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
contemporary world


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 297

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