Afterword: Archaeologies of Movement
Movement—the mobile intersection of the time-space continuum—has been a perennial topic in archaeology in the form of diffusion theory, culture histories of migration (of both pots and people, sometimes together), and accounts of settlement patterns. “Circulation” and “global/local flows” have been central themes in anthropology in recent years (“circulations” was the theme of the 2010 American Anthropological Association meeting in New Orleans). The stage was set for this interest by Wallerstein’s world systems theory (e.g., 1980) and the stimulation of globalization studies by Appadurai (1986) and others in the 1980s. But the scale of these “systemic” studies was mammoth, their concerns structural, and the phenomena highly impersonal, such as how cloth made in India responded to British demand and ended up in the far-flung shops of the Empire. Cloth travelled by itself and moved by the faceless forces of an ineluctable capitalism. These studies sought to trace a circulation system as mappable as the veins and arteries of a mammalian body.
KeywordsHistorical Archaeology Actor Network Theory Mammalian Body Colonial Settler Mobile Intersection
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