Critical race theory and the archaeology of the African diaspora
Epperson, Terrence W.
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The critical race theory movement, an outgrowth of critical legal studies, offers historical archaeologists a paradigm for a more sophisticated, politically engaged treatment of the issue of race. Unfortunately, an uncritical social constructionist analysis can result in the trivialization or appropriation of the concerns of minority scholars, activists, and communities, a position critical race theorists characterize as "vulgar anti-essentialism." Several examples of this process within historical archaeology are discussed. Historical archaeologists, particularly those studying the African Diaspora, need to develop community-based alliances that address common goals and enhance the relevance of their work. One potential mutually beneficial alliance would be with activists and scholars in the environmental justice movement.
Epperson, T.W. (2004). Critical race theory and the archaeology of the African diaspora. Historical Archaeology, 38(1), 101-108.
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