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Clockpunk Anthropology and the Ruins of Modernity
  • S. Dawdy
  • History
  • Current Anthropology
  • 1 December 2010
This essay identifies the potential of an emerging archaeological turn for anthropology—and for archaeology itself. I argue that despite the critiques of the past two decades, the temporality ofExpand
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Millennial archaeology. Locating the discipline in the age of insecurity
  • S. Dawdy
  • Sociology
  • Archaeological Dialogues
  • 5 November 2009
Abstract This discussion article responds to a forum question posed by the editors of Archaeological dialogues: ‘is archaeology useful?’ My response initially moves backward from the question,Expand
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Building the Devil's Empire: French Colonial New Orleans
"Building the Devil's Empire" is the first comprehensive history of New Orleans' early years, tracing the town's development from its origins in 1718 to its revolt against Spanish rule in 1768.Expand
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‘La Comida Mambisa’: food, farming, and Cuban identity, 1839-1999
Describes how Cuba developed a countrywide system of food meaning and production in the mid-19th c. that became a national, and eventually "nationalist", cuisine during Cuba's revolutionary moments.Expand
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The Taphonomy of Disaster and the (Re)Formation of New Orleans
Using observations from recent participation in post-Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans, I make the case in this article that taphonomic processes such as trash removal, deposition, earthmoving,Expand
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Understanding cultural change through the vernacular: Creolization in Louisiana
A diachronic examination of the emic meanings of “creole” in Louisiana reveals a dynamic and complex social identity that is not easily dissected into the etic (or Anglo-American emic) categories ofExpand
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Why Pirates Are Back
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, we are witnessing the birth of a new pirate age both in international waters, where fights over oil and fish extraction echo colonial wars over silver andExpand
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“A Wild Taste”: Food and Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Louisiana
Using new archaeological data and colonial narratives, I reconstruct the menu of French colonial Louisiana with the aim of showing how the sensual and social experience of eating relates to theExpand
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