Notions of Value and Ahegemonic Archaeological Interpretation

Author(s): Gerardo Aldana

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Archaeology as an Engine or a Camera?" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This paper takes up a theoretical exploration of the concept of "value" as it is articulated explicitly and implicitly within archaeological investigation. Recognizing that the issue is related to social science inquiry broadly, this paper looks to Bourdieu’s "Forms of Capital" to develop a framework for interpretation that does not rely on hegemonic considerations of value. The presentation draws on examples of proposed relationships between astronomy and ideology within Mesoamerican cultures to seed the more general and theoretical development of ahegemonic interpretive tools that variously may or may not be compatible with hegemonic approaches. Accordingly, the intent is to make intellectual space for articulation with approaches to archaeological data arising from Indigenous Studies, Ethnic Studies and Feminist Studies.

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Notions of Value and Ahegemonic Archaeological Interpretation. Gerardo Aldana. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452566)


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Abstract Id(s): 26325