OPE-LMarx's Ghost: Conversations With Archaeologists by Thomas C. Patterson

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@STANFORD.EDU)
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 19:51:21 EST

Marx's Ghost: Conversations With Archaeologists
by Thomas C. Patterson

*       Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 9.40 x 6.36
*       Publisher: Berg Pub Ltd; (November 2003)
*       ISBN: 1859737013

Editorial Reviews
About the Author
Thomas C. Patterson is Professor and Chair of Anthropology,
University of California at Riverside.
Book Description
How did our present society come into being, and how does it relate
to its predecessors? These key questions have transfixed
archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians for decades. Yet
scant attention has been paid to the thinkers and traditions that
have shaped their debates.

This pioneering book explores the profound influence of one such
thinker-Karl Marx-on twentieth-century archaeology. Patterson
analyzes the links between Marxism and archaeology, paying specific
attention to recent years. How did the debates in the 1990s pave the
way for historical archaeologists to investigate the interconnections
of class, gender, ethnicity, and race? In what ways did
archaeologists make use of Marxist concepts such as contradiction and
exploitation? How did varying theoretical groups critique one another
and how did they overturn or build upon past generational ideas?
Marx's Ghost: Conversations with Archaeologists provides an
accessible guide to the arguments that have influenced Anglophone
archaeology from the 1930s to the present day.

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