Beyond the looking glass: some thoughts on sociopolitics and reflexivity in Australian archaeology.

Heather Burke, Christine Lovell-Jones, Claire Smith

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Abstract

A traditional strength of Australian archaeology has been the analysis of sociopolitical issues, especially the relationships between archaeologists and Aboriginal people (e.g. Allen 1983; Beck and McConnell 1986; Birkhead et al. 1992; Bowdler 1988; Davidson 1992; Frankel 1980; Golson 1986; Lewis and Rose 1985; McBryde 1986; Mowaljarlai et al. 1988; Mulvaney 1966; Murray 1989; Pardoe 1990; Sullivan 1983) and between archaeologists and the wider community (e.g. Bickford 1981; Clegg 1980; Gale and Jacobs 1987; Jones 1987; McBryde 1980; Megaw 1980; Mulvaney 1981; Smith et al. 1992). However, the nature of sociopolitical inquiry in Australian archaeology appears to be changing in response to an increased emphasis on reflexive techniques, including the use of text as data (e.g. Moser 1992a, l992b).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • archaeology
  • Australia
  • Aboriginal people
  • archaeologists

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