Facts on the Ground: Archeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society (Paperback)
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Short Description for Facts on the Ground 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.
- Published: 04 March 2002
- Format: Paperback 312 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780226001951 ISBN 10: 0226001954
- Sales rank: 519,519
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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 time the relationship between national ideology, colonial settlement, and the production of historical knowledge. She analyzes particular instances of history, artifacts, and landscapes in the making to show how archaeology helped not only to legitimize cultural and political visions but, far more powerfully, to reshape them. Moreover, she places Israeli archaeology in the context of the broader discipline to determine what unites the field across its disparate local traditions and locations. Boldly uncovering an Israel in which science and politics are mutually constituted, this book shows the ongoing role that archaeology plays in defining the past, present, and future of Palestine and Israel.