ANTH 201 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: South Eastern Region, Structural Level, Structural Violence

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Archaeology as political action 18:00
-Article by Mcgquire:
Archaeology is an indirect covert way of doing politics.
-For a long time they annoyed the political implications but they are
becoming increasingly aware.
-Politics and archaeology: we are left with a sure understanding that these
things are political and ideological but with no clear sense of what to do
about the fact.
-Response to the fact it is political:
-Ways of writing/doing a politically aware archaeology:
History from below- as a different way of writing history, recognizing the
underdogs. It might not change the world as it is but it is an attempt to raise
awareness amongst those who read histories and give them a perspective of
a different world.
Ethnigraphies of archaeological practice- we should be critical and reflective
of our own perspective, and critically how we do things
This reflexivity has resulted in different attempts of doing archaeology.
Achademic spaces- indigenous scholarship, opening up of academia to
include native scholars and people that have been more or less excluded
from academic spaces
Think of new methods that have been developed- attemps to develop a good
archaeological practice and be as little invasive as possible.- this is part of a
politically aware scholarship
Indigineous archaeology
Community/public archaeology- involve general public or different
stakeholder communities.
-Not just about opening up academic spaces and diversifying practices and
doing it in a waythat just gives people tools to change the world, politically
engaged means having an explicity political intent*********- plays a role
here(Mcguire)
Mcgquire:
Politics is about the power and interest of groups
more groups/ how groups advance their interests within society is
politics*******
Silencing/oppression all issues of politics and power functioning on a
structural level- not only about exceptionally powerful individuals, there are
structures in place that require us to act in certain ways.
Dialectic of structures we are embedded in that prescribe what we can
do(politics)-
Structures organized in a way to allow people to gain more power and
exclude others on a structural level
Politically informed- how power worked on a structural level- systematically
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-Structural vs. direct violence:
Direct violence= performed by an identifiable agent with imagined or real
“evil” intentions
Structural violence=anonymous; uneven distribution of resources and
power; absence of even chances- may require direct violence to function,
you need people to act within a system in order to change the system or
uphold it.
There is a connection between the two
They are both understood in terms of effects, direct is more visible but
structural is more easibly understandable in terms of effects, in terms of
groups.
In terms of an emancipatory political archaeology
Challenge structural power imballances in the world- for archaeology to do
that it has to explain how power works
Challenging task proposed that gives a lot of responsibility- to do
emancipatory archaeology instead of politically informed.
All archaeology is politically informed, but for it to be emancipatory you have
to think of what this can mean and what room you have to act.
Ex. Structural violence: brings up question of can we respond effectively in
our position as archaeologsists.
Fieldwork embedded in two violent spaces: interior space of violence and
exterior
a.1. Interior space of violence: Founded in hierarchies between
various professionals(archaeologsists, museum personnel,
etc.), but also students/professionals- you can see within
academia
a.2. Exterior space of violence: characterized as found in those
inside academia and those outside academia, excluded from
profession. Founded in hierarchies between professional
academics(archaeologists) and those located outside of
academia;l marked by legacies of colonialism.
-Fieldwork by Starzzman:
Reflect on exterior work of violence when you work with communities and
may find you cannot do much about it. If you find yourself in this situation:
Imagination/political imagination: when we live in a politically depriving
situation it may deprive our imagination politically.
If I do archaeology
-Political archaeology: making academia a space of enfranchisement is NOT
political archaeology.
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