Community-based Economic Development: Is it Pragmatic? Should it Be?

Author(s): Lawrence Coben

Year: 2018


Does pragmatism work in practice? More particularly, does pragmatic philosophy actually contribute to the well being of stakeholders, especially those from the local community who have historically been marginzalized and have not benefitted from archaeological practice? Can archaeological practice be expanded beyond the production of knowledge to include the needs and desires of community members as they themselves express them? This paper will explore these questions, utilizing the community-based economic development programs of the Sustaianble Preservation Initiative as a springboard to an inclusive and not self serving archaeological practice incorporating a reality based pragmatism.

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Community-based Economic Development: Is it Pragmatic? Should it Be?. Lawrence Coben. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445349)

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Abstract Id(s): 22595