Laboring under an illusion: steps to align method with theory in the archaeology of race
Author(s): Anna Agbe-Davies
Powerful forces turn our attention to the problem of identity. A rich body of thought’ developed by archaeologists and others’ points the way toward dynamic understandings of who humans are, yet archaeology struggles to be more than a handmaiden. Arguably, the problem is one of method rather than theory: what counts as data; how we categorize things; what our problems are. This paper examines labor relations in the early Virginia colony via locally-made clay tobacco pipes. These artifacts, often treated as emblems of identity, are here used to understand a society in the process of creating the categories we take for granted.
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Laboring under an illusion: steps to align method with theory in the archaeology of race. Anna Agbe-Davies. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437123)
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