After Ethics: Ancestral Voices and Post-Disciplinary Worlds by Alejandro Haber, Nick Shepherd

By Alejandro Haber, Nick Shepherd

While books on archaeological and anthropological ethics have proliferated in recent times, few try to flow past a traditional discourse on ethics to think about how a dialogue of the social and political implications of archaeological perform can be conceptualized in a different way. The conceptual principles approximately ethics posited during this quantity make it of curiosity to readers outdoor of the self-discipline; in reality, to an individual attracted to modern debates round the probabilities and obstacles of a discourse on ethics. The authors during this quantity got down to do 3 issues. the 1st is to trace the old improvement of a dialogue round ethics, in tandem with the advance and “disciplining” of archaeology. the second one is to envision the meanings, outcomes and efficacies of a discourse on ethics in modern worlds of perform in archaeology. The 3rd is to push past the language of ethics to think about alternative routes of framing a suite of issues round rights, accountabilities and meanings in terms of practitioners, descendent and affected groups, websites, fabric cultures, the ancestors and so on.

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I would like to make a number of speculative points as a way of drawing together some of the threads of this discussion. First: it is no accident that the ancestral dead should play such a prominent and particular role as a point around which to mobilize forms of local resistance. The contemporary phase of neoliberal globalization has been characterized by the deterritorialization of capital, the declining power of nation states, the growing power of transnational enterprises of various kinds, and by the decline and disestablishment of many of the structures and institutions that safeguarded individual and community life (Appadurai 1996; Castells 1996; Wallerstein 2004).

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In the final section of the chapter I draw out some themes and ideas from these case studies, contextualizing them in a broader set of political/ethical concerns articulated around “bone narratives” and “postwars of the dead”. Oakhurst Cave In the early-1930s the South African archaeologist John Goodwin excavated the site of Oakhurst Cave on the southern Cape coast. Goodwin was assisted by a number of co-workers, including the man identified as Adam Windwaai (Adam Blowing-inthe-Wind) (Shepherd 2003).

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