Materializing Colonial Encounters: Archaeologies of African by François G. Richard

By François G. Richard

This quantity investigates the cloth construction and expression of colonial stories in Africa. It combines archaeological, ancient, and ethnographic resources to discover the varied pathways, practices, and initiatives built through Africans of their engagement with the forces of colonial modernity and capitalism. This quantity is located in ongoing debates in archaeological and anthropological ways to materiality. during this admire, it seeks to focus on archaeologists attracted to the conceptual matters provoked through colonial enfoldments. it's also excited about expanding the visibility of appropriate African archaeological literature to students of colonialism and imperialism laboring in different fields.

This e-book brings jointly an array of junior and senior students, whose contributions signify a wealthy pattern of the colourful archaeological learn performed in Africa this present day, mixing conceptual thought with powerful fieldwork. The chapters aim numerous cultural, historic, and colonial settings. they're pushed through a plurality of views, yet they're sure via a shared dedication to postcolonial, serious, and fabric tradition theories.

While this booklet makes a speciality of western and southern Africa – the sub-regions that boast the private traditions of historic archaeological study within the continent – realization used to be additionally put on together with case-studies from frequently much less well-represented parts (East African and Swahili coasts, Madagascar), whose fabric pasts are however necessary to a much broader comprehension of variability and comparison of ‘modern’ colonial stipulations. hence, this quantity lends a different wide-ranging examine African studies around the tangle of imperial geographies at the continent, with case-studies concentrating on Anglophone, Francophone, and Dutch-speaking contexts. This quantity is a thrilling chance to give this paintings to wider audiences and foster conversations with a large group of students in regards to the fabric fashioning of colonial existence, family members, and configurations of power.

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