Facts on the Ground: Archeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli SocietyPaperback
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- Publisher: University of Chicago Press
- Format: Paperback | 312 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 28mm | 590g
- Publication date: 4 March 2002
- Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
- ISBN 10: 0226001954
- ISBN 13: 9780226001951
- Edition: 2
- Edition statement: 2nd
- Illustrations note: 20 halftones, 4 maps
- Sales rank: 678,979
How and why did archaeology in Israel emerge as such a persuasive force? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? This text addresses these questions and specifies the relationship between national ideology, colonial settlement and the production of historical knowledge.
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Nadia Abu El-Haj is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.
In this incisive book, Nadia Abu El-Haj demonstrates the role that archaeology has played in Israeli society, examining how it emerged as a pervasive force that has shaped the region's social and political imaginations and has inspired violently contested territorial and national-cultural struggles. Based on archival research and ethnographic work among archaeologists, tour guides, and politicians, she presents the first critical account of Israeli archaeological practice while tracing the dynamic relationships among science, colonization, nation-state building, and territorial expansion.