Smith, L. (2001) Archaeology and the governance of material culture: a case study from south-eastern Australia. Norwegian Archaeological Review, 34 (2). pp. 97-105. ISSN 0029-3652
What are the consequences of using the discourse of archaeological knowledge in cultural heritage management (CHM)? In this article the inter-relationship of archaeological theory and practice, CHM and the politics of identity is analysed, using as a case study the history of archaeological and CHM practice in south-eastern Australia. A critical reading of Foucault's 'govemmentality' thesis illustrates how archaeological knowledge has come to play a role in the regulation and arbitration of Aboriginal cultural identity in south-eastern Australia. In effect, archaeological knowledge becomes mobilized by public policy-makers as a 'technology of government' and becomes implicated in the governance of cultural identity. Further consequences of this process are that material culture, as 'heritage', becomes a resource of power in the politics of identity and archaeological practice, and theory itself, becomes regulated, or 'governed', by its inclusion in CHM.
|Institution:||The University of York|
|Academic Units:||The University of York > Archaeology (York)|
|Depositing User:||York RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||12 Mar 2009 12:13|
|Last Modified:||12 Mar 2009 12:13|
|Publisher:||Scandinavian University Press|