Social Construction of the Past: Representation as Power

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George C. Bond, Angela Gilliam, Routledge
Psychology Press, 1994 - Social Science - 232 pages
Anthropological and archaeological enquiry are shaped by the historical times in which they are formulated. This collection of essays examines how mainstream scholarship constructs the past - in the case of anthropologists, usually the past of other peoples. By creating another people's cultural history, scholars appropriate it and turn it into a form of domination by one group over another. Mainstream scholarship has often failed to recognize the intellectual and scholarly contribution of subjugated peoples. This volume looks at the way 'postcolonial' scholars are redefining the nature of scholarship, and themselves, in order to develop a more egalitarian discourse. Social Constructions of the Past examines labour, race and gender and its relationship to power and class. It includes essays on a broad range of topics, from the role of intellectuals in restructuring a non-apartheid South Africa, to Haitian working-class women using sexuality to resist domination.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ethnicity and representation
25
Sexual politics and the mediation of class gender and race
44
blacks in Colombia
59
the construction of indigenism in Brazil
74
Literacy and power in colonial Latin America
89
The image of Ancient Greece as a tool for colonialism
119
Models of Greek history and anthropology
125
symbol and history in the case
154
archaeology and politics
167
Intellectuals in South Africa and the reconstructive agenda
203
Index
224

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