Re: Decolonizing anthropology

Alx V. Dark (avd5863@IS.NYU.EDU)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 00:24:00 -0500

On Mon, 30 Jan 1995, Jim Eighmey wrote:

> I hope such vague positions are not held by many in the archaeological
> community. Is this decolonization or deconstruction?
> Jim Eighmey
> Department of Anthropology >>>---------->
> Arizona State University
> Tempe, AZ. 85287-2402
[Proposals of Robert Johnson deleted: essentially; no more anthro./arch.
appropriation of knowledge without recognition of it as property, and
ditto for material artifacts; return of "sacred geography" and
reparations for past theft and destruction of "lives, land, and
indigenous knowledge."]

Deconstruction? I've not yet seen so many moral and theoretical issues
dismissed so quickly (2 lines) on this list. While vague, I thought the
underlying principles of the matter were basically sound, if difficult to
operationalize. What groundrules should we follow to insure our work
isn't taking ideas/objects of value without returning something of equal
value, if these don't suit the 2 posters so far who dismiss them?

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