Consuming Marginality: Archaeologies of Identity and Post-Segregation Authenticity
Author(s): Paul Mullins
A distinctive feature of contemporary life is that most people seem to perceive themselves in the midst of an antagonistic world that denies their identities: that is, nearly everybody feels marginalized. This sense of broad marginality profoundly shapes archaeologies of identity, particularly along and across color lines. The paper examines African America as a powerful metaphor that can expose facile notions of marginality even as African America is persistently invoked as a symbol of authenticity. From the perspective of a 21st-century post-segregation world, everyday African-American consumption illuminates the quite radical implications of African-American materiality and the ways contemporary racial ambiguities have been foreshadowed in everyday consumption for more than a century.
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Consuming Marginality: Archaeologies of Identity and Post-Segregation Authenticity. Paul Mullins. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437124)
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