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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 524–525 | Cite as

Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes

Melissa F. Baird, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2017. 150 pp., 8 figs., 3 maps, forward, acknowledgments, prologue, index. $74.95 cloth
  • Tiffany C. Cain
Book Review

The title, Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes,does not do justice to the richness of this multisited exposition on the complexities of heritage landscapes and the complicities of heritage experts in their ongoing exploitation. In this concise text, Melissa F. Baird aims to make visible the deeply contentious political and social contexts of heritage practice. Baird chooses cases that show how heritage, landscape, and expertise become bound up in extant systems of structural violence, settler-colonialist and capitalist socioeconomic enterprises, and political struggles over sovereignty, identity, and the strength of claims to the past. At only 105 pages of text, the book avoids jargon and long-winded explication. Instead, its pages are packed full of illustrative cases written in an almost journalistic style that makes the piece accessible to a wide range of audiences. The chapters could easily be assigned to an undergraduate or graduate course across the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaU.S.A.

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