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The Identity Question: What Can Archaeology Contribute to the Study of Acadian Ethnogenesis?

Author(s): Jonathan Fowler

Year: 2014

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The consensus among historians suggests an Acadian national awakening dates to the pre-Deportation period and developed out of shared cultural patterns distinct to the new colonial society. However, the theoretical basis of this interpretation is at best problematic because it fails to take into account significant ‘ and by now mainstream ‘ developments in ethnicity studies. The consensus view also basically ignores the archaeological study of the pre-Deportation Acadian experience. This paper will propose a new model for understanding Acadian ethnogenesis that is rooted in materiality, and that attempts to accommodate the subjective and mutable nature of identity.


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The Identity Question: What Can Archaeology Contribute to the Study of Acadian Ethnogenesis?. Jonathan Fowler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437043)


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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