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Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society

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Archaeology in Israel is truly a national obsession, a practice through which national identity—and national rights—have long been asserted. But how and why did archaeology emerge as such a pervasive force there? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? In this stirring book, Nadia Abu El-Haj addresses these questions and specifies for the first ti ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by University Of Chicago Press
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Gwen
May 21, 2008 Gwen rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book by an anthropologist who takes a look at how we create "facts" from archaeological finds. It's sort of a sociology of science perspective, meaning science isn't about just objectively finding "facts" but rather is influenced by social conventions, biases, and INTERPRETATIONS of data. Science doesn't just "find" the "truth"--it creates (a version of) it.

Her specific interest is in the archeology of Israel--how various groups have searched for archaeological remains
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Elizabeth
Apr 29, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
As discussed in Jane Kramer's "The Petition" in the 14 Apr 2008 issue of The New Yorker. Nadia Abu El-Haj was also formerly associated with the University of Chicago, and this book was published by the University of Chicago Press.

On the other hand, I don't know if I'm equipped to read a scholarly archeology text.
Misamay
Jul 14, 2008 Misamay rated it it was ok
Important argument, horrible execution-just like the author, the book alienates the reader with it's pontifical word selection and elitist veneer.
Robert Davis
Controversial, yet obvious
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