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The Archaeology of Colonialism
Intimate Encounters and Sexual Effects

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Eleanor Conlin Casella, Barbara L. Voss, Lindsay Weiss, Sarah K. Croucher, Mireia López-Bertran, Diana DiPaolo Loren, Kathleen L. Hull, Kay Tarble de Scaramelli, Russell N. Sheptak, Kira Blaisdell-Sloan, Rosemary A. Joyce, Ana Delgado, Maritxell Ferrer, Renata S. Garraffoni, Patricia E. Rubertone, Pedro Paulo A. Funari, Aline Vieira de Carvalho, Shannon Lee Dawdy, Nick Shepherd, Mary Weismantel, Martin Hall
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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107401266

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  • This volume examines human sexuality as an intrinsic element in the interpretation of complex colonial societies. While archaeological studies of the historic past have explored the dynamics of European colonialism, such work has largely ignored broader issues of sexuality, embodiment, commemoration, reproduction, and sensuality. Recently, however, scholars have begun to recognize these issues as essential components of colonization and imperialism. This book explores a variety of case studies, revealing the multifaceted intersections of colonialism and sexuality. Incorporating work that ranges from Phoenician diasporic communities of the eighth century to Britain's nineteenth-century Australian penal colonies to the contemporary maroon community of Brazil, this volume changes the way we understand the relationship between sexuality and colonial history.

    • The first book-length archaeological publication to fully integrate the insights of postcolonial studies with queer theory
    • An internationally relevant volume, incorporating an array of archaeological case studies that range from the proto-historic and Classical Mediterranean, through nineteenth-century Africa and Australia, and into contemporary North and South America
    • Represents a diverse collection of leading contemporary scholars and presents cutting-edge research on the complex intersections of materiality and sexuality
    • Draws together an integrated set of chapters developed through both the 2008 World Archaeological Congress and a subsequent workshop hosted by Stanford University
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    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107401266
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus. 17 maps 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Intimate encounters: an archaeology of sexualities within colonial worlds Eleanor Conlin Casella and Barbara L. Voss
    2. Sexual effects: postcolonial and queer perspectives on the archaeology of sexuality and empire Barbara L. Voss
    Part I. Pleasures and Prohibitions:
    3. Little bastard felons: childhood, affect, and labour in the penal colonies of nineteenth-century Australia Eleanor Conlin Casella
    4. The currency of intimacy: transformations of the domestic sphere on the late nineteenth-century diamond fields Lindsay Weiss
    5. 'A concubine is still a slave': sexual relations and Omani colonial identities in nineteenth-century East Africa Sarah K. Croucher
    6. The politics of reproduction: rituals and sex in Punic Eivissa Mireia López-Bertran
    Part II. Engaged Bodies:
    7. Fear, desire, and material strategies in colonial Louisiana Diana DiPaolo Loren
    8. Death and sex: procreation in the wake of fatal epidemics within indigenous communities Kathleen L. Hull
    9. Effects of empire: gendered transformations on the Orinoco frontier Kay Tarble de Scaramelli
    10. In-between people in colonial Honduras: reworking sexualities at Ticamaya Russell N. Sheptak, Kira Blaisdell-Sloan and Rosemary A. Joyce
    11. The scale of the intimate: imperial policies and sexual practices in San Francisco Barbara L. Voss
    Part III. Commemorations:
    12. Life and death in ancient colonies: domesticity, material culture, and sexual politics in the western Phoenician world, 8th–6th century BC Ana Delgado and Meritxell Ferrer
    13. Reading gladiators' epitaphs and rethinking violence and masculinity in the Roman Empire Renata S. Garraffoni
    14. Monuments and sexual politics in New England Indian country Patricia E. Rubertone
    15. Gender relations in a Maroon community, Palmares, Brazil Pedro Paulo A. Funari and Aline Vieira de Carvalho
    Part IV. Showing and Telling:
    16. Sexualizing space: the colonial leer and the genealogy of Storyville Shannon Lee Dawdy
    17. Showing, telling, looking: intimate encounters in the making of South African archaeology Nick Shepherd
    18. Obstinate things Mary Weismantel
    19. Conclusion: sexuality and materiality: the challenge of method Martin Hall.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Archaeology of South Asia
    • Bioarchaeology
    • Clash of Cultures
    • Feminist Anthropology
    • Introduction to Archaeology
    • Introduction to Art History I
    • The Archaeology of Colonialism
  • Editors

    Barbara L. Voss, Stanford University, California
    Barbara L. Voss is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University, where she is also affiliated with the Stanford Archaeology Center, Feminist Studies and the Center for Comparative Study on Race and Ethnicity. She is the author or editor of several books, including, most recently, The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis: Race, Sexuality, and Identity in Colonial San Francisco; The Archaeology of Chinese Immigrant and Chinese American Communities (co-edited with Bryn Williams) and Archaeologies of Sexuality (co-edited with Robert A. Schmidt).

    Eleanor Conlin Casella, University of Manchester
    Eleanor Conlin Casella is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester, where she is also affiliated with the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. She has directed archaeological projects in Australia, North America, northwest England and the Scottish Highlands. She is the author or editor of several books, including, most recently, The Alderley Sandhills Project: An Archaeology of Community Life in (Post)-Industrial England, The Archaeology of Institutional Confinement, The Archaeology of Plural and Changing Identities and Industrial Archaeology: Future Directions.

    Contributors

    Eleanor Conlin Casella, Barbara L. Voss, Lindsay Weiss, Sarah K. Croucher, Mireia López-Bertran, Diana DiPaolo Loren, Kathleen L. Hull, Kay Tarble de Scaramelli, Russell N. Sheptak, Kira Blaisdell-Sloan, Rosemary A. Joyce, Ana Delgado, Maritxell Ferrer, Renata S. Garraffoni, Patricia E. Rubertone, Pedro Paulo A. Funari, Aline Vieira de Carvalho, Shannon Lee Dawdy, Nick Shepherd, Mary Weismantel, Martin Hall

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