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An archaeology of the contemporary era : the age of destruction

Author: Alfredo González Ruibal
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2018.
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An Archaeology of the Contemporary Era approaches the contemporary age, between the late nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, as an archaeological period defined by specific material processes. It reflects on the theory and practice of the archaeology of the contemporary past from epistemological, political, ethical and aesthetic viewpoints, and characterises the present based on archaeological traces from the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfredo González Ruibal
ISBN: 9781138338432 1138338435 9781138338449 1138338443
OCLC Number: 1079205899
Description: 1 volume : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm
Contents: Table of contentsAcknowledgementsIntroductionOutline of the book1. An archaeology of the contemporary eraArchaeologies of the contemporary pastWhat is "contemporary"?Supermodernity, Postmodernity, the AnthropoceneReasserting the modern divideDefining an archaeological eraArchaeological knowledge and the contemporary pastSummary2. RuinsSystemic collapseSystemic operationAutophagyFailureCatastropheAnnihilationSummary3. PoliticsThe soft politics of contemporary archaeologyA radical politics for contemporary archaeologySummary4. EthicsThe hegemony of ethicsThe ethics of witnessingThe temporality of ethicsEthics and affectSummary5. AestheticsThe aesthetic regimes of art and archaeologyThe politics of the sensibleA poetics of thingsMaking the mud and crops speak: an archaeological rhetoricSummary6. TimePresentismAnnihilationAccelerationHeterochronyThe time of tragedy and hopeSummary7. SpaceExpansionImpoverishmentEphemeralityDivision and confinementWasteDeep mappingSummary8. MaterialityProliferation and deprivationMonstersWasteAtmospheresSummary9. Concluding remarks: beyond the AnthropoceneReferencesIndex
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An Archaeology of the Contemporary Era approaches the contemporary age, between the late nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, as an archaeological period defined by specific material processes. It reflects on the theory and practice of the archaeology of the contemporary past from epistemological, political, ethical and aesthetic viewpoints, and characterises the present based on archaeological traces from the spatial, temporal and material excesses that define it. The materiality of our era, the book argues, and particularly its ruins and rubbish, reveals something profound, original and disturbing about humanity. This is the first attempt at describing the contemporary era from an archaeological point of view. Global in scope, the book brings together case studies from every continent and considers sources from peripheral and rarely considered traditions, meanwhile engaging in an interdisciplinary dialogue with philosophy, anthropology, history and geography. An Archaeology of the Contemporary Era will be essential reading for students and practitioners of the archaeology of the contemporary past, historical archaeology and archaeological theory. It will also be of interest to anybody concerned with globalisation, modernity and the Anthropocene.

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