Performing the Practice Turn in Archaeology
Philipp W. Stockhammer Transcultural Studies 2012 (1): 7-42.
Περίληψη (στα Αγγλικά)
Are we still living in the era of postmodern archaeology? The paradigmatic shift from processual to post-processual archaeology took place in the early 1980s—at least in the Anglophone archaeological community. In the eyes of many archaeologists, we have been working as postmodern scholars by appropriating postmodernity’s pluralistic approaches for three decades. In my view, it is time for another paradigmatic shift in archaeology. I do not want to proclaim a post-postmodernity in the sense of a rejection of what postmodernity has been postulating, but an enforcement and extension of some already existing approaches on the basis of the rich insights that anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, material culture studies, and workplace studies won in the last years. After elaborating on the conceptualization of such a revision of approach for archaeology, I shall illustrate the innovative potential of this approach with two archaeological case studies taken from the Eastern Mediterranean Late Bronze and Early Iron Age of the thirteenth and twelve centuries BCE.