Alfredo González-Ruibal: An Archaeology of the Contemporary Era
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Archaeology of the contemporary has been an emergent subdiscipline for the past two decades. In An Archaeology of the Contemporary Era, Alfredo González-Ruibal presents his avowedly political archaeology of the contemporary era. While at times providing intellectual genealogies, theoretical overviews, and eclectic case studies from around the globe, this book is not (nor does it seek to be) a survey or a compendium along the lines of The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World (Graves-Brown et al. 2013). Rather, González-Ruibal offers the reader an argument about archaeology as a discipline, supermodernity as an object of study, and the politics of each. His is a specific archaeology of the contemporary—one targeting the “dark side” of supermodernity, which is characterized as a unique era defined by its excessive materiality. As such, it is best examined through archaeology, the discipline that produces knowledge from things—traces, remnants, discarded objects....
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