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Archaeology's Role in Changing a Generation of Youth: Exploring Education and Intersectionality

Author(s): Alexandra Jones

Year: 2017

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Archaeology in the Community (AITC) is an urban-based archaeology organization founded with the intent of providing science opportunities to marginalized youth who would have never been exposed to archaeology through their education system. This paper highlights how intersectional theory is used by AITC to expose and increase students’ knowledge of archaeology as a science. Intersectionality theory emphasizes the structural intersection of social categories and studies the concept of discriminative institutions on disenfranchised groups or minorities. Through grassroots activism and non-traditional education techniques, AITC has sought to disrupt the systems that have been in place for years preventing the students from exposure to various forms of science. Through understanding the particular model of intersectionality impacting the urban, socio-economic challenged, African American youth of DC, AITC has been able to create programs which have made an impact on these youth through the teaching archaeology.

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Archaeology's Role in Changing a Generation of Youth: Exploring Education and Intersectionality. Alexandra Jones. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435300)


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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