Ethics and Archaeological Praxis

Ethics and Archaeological Praxis

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Restoring the historicity and plurality of archaeological ethics is a task to which this book is devoted; its emphasis on praxis mends the historical condition of ethics. In doing so, it shows that nowadays a multicultural (sometimes also called a€œpublica€) ethic looms large in the discipline. By engaging communities a€œdifferently, a€ archaeology has explicitly adopted an ethical outlook, purportedly striving to overcome its colonial ontology and metaphysics. In this new scenario, respect for other historical systems/worldviews and social accountability appear to be prominent. Being ethical in archaeological terms in the multicultural context has become mandatory, so much that most professional, international and national archaeological associations have ethical principles as guiding forces behind their openness towards social sectors traditionally ignored or marginalized by their practices. This powerful new ethicsa€”its newness is based, to a large extent, in that it is the first time that archaeological ethics is explicitly stated, as if it didna€™t exist beforea€”emanates from metropolitan centers, only to be adopted elsewhere. In this regard, it is worth probing the very nature of the dominant multicultural ethics in disciplinary practices because (a) it is at least suspicious that at the same time archaeology has tuned up with postmodern capitalist/market needs, and (b) the discipline (along with its ethical principles) is contested worldwide by grass-roots organizations and social movements. Can archaeology have socially committed ethical principles at the same time that it strengthens its relationship with the market and capitalism? Is this coincidence just merely haphazard or does it obey more structural rules? The papers in this book try to answer these two questions by examining praxis-based contexts in which archaeological ethics unfolds.This divide still exists despite the fact that applied practice has matured and become much more than any kind of ... Cumberpatch and Roberts 2011; Fitting 1984; Fowler 1984; Metcalf and Moses 2011; Peacock and Rafferty 2007; Valentine and Simmons 2004; Whittlesey and Reid 2004). ... colleagues and various publics (e.g. Adams 1994; Ferris 1998, 2009c; King 2002, 2009, 2011a; Williamson 2000).

Title:Ethics and Archaeological Praxis
Author:Cristóbal Gnecco, Dorothy Lippert
Publisher:Springer - 2014-11-10


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