Archaeologists, as social scientists and humanists, are well aware of the ways in which our personal and political lives influence our practice and vice versa. Since the 1980s archaeologists have paid increasing attention to the rationalization of the past and how white privilege, white supremacy, and racial hierarchy structured the material world. Yet less attention has been paid to how these conditions structure our practice. Since the discipline remains predominantly white, it follows that our practice supports and reproduces values, attitudes, conditions, and worldviews that privilege whiteness. If this compromises our discipline and makes us intellectually and emotionally less whole we should work toward an anti-racist institutional identity. What would an anti-racist Society for Historical Archaeology look like and ho we can move in that direction?
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Nassaney, Michael, "Race and the Society for Historical Archaeology: Steps Toward Claiming an Anti-Racist Institutional Identity" (2018). Diversity Learning Communities. 16.