Annotated Bibliography

Mattews, Christopher N.
2010     The Archaeology of American Capitalism, edited by M. S. Nassaney, . The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective, M. S. Nassaney. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

The book is an excellent starting source for my thesis research. Matthews is rooted in the Marxism perspective and has an uses the political economy approach toward capitalism. This book touches on seven topic that are relevant to my reaserch: (1) Freedom, Culture, and the self in Capitalism system; (2) The expansion of capitalism in North America; (3) Defining the interaction of nature in Colonial America; (4) Capitalist as a Metropolis; (5) material culture translations of survival in success; (6) the archaeology of resistance on communities outside Capitalism, and (7) Race and African American resistance in Archaeology. This book what is going to help me put the material culture of my site within the larger role of Capitalist exchange. Furthermore, his approaches are firmly rooted in the American Marxists perspective that give a greater consideration of the individual.
Urban, Patricia and Edward Schortman
    2012    Archaeological Theory in Practice. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California.

This book serves a foundation in general archaeological theory. Not just in the explanations of approaches and examples of their use, but fundamental guidelines for theory building. It is one thing to read about theory but it a while other job to apply it. The beginning chapters will serve as my guide to forming specific question for my research design. The rest of the book hold and invaluable bibliographic reference. As a decide to retool and change questions, this publication has some of then best future reading section broken down by approaches.

Wilk, Richard R. and Lisa C. Cliggett
    2007    Economies and Cultures. second ed. Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado

This books serves as a sources for understanding and considering theory and practice specifically in economic and culture. The political economy sits within the wider framework of economic anthropology and this book address fundamental problems and issues  concerning theory. In the case of my thesis, this book will help me look at the issues of agency and individuals in political economy and some of the new perspective like social capital.

Mullins, Paul R.
    2011    The Archaeology of Consumer Culture. The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Flroida.

This book looks at both issues of identity, race, wealth, and politics of consumption. What makes this book is that Paul look at both materiality and Marxism in political economy approaches to material goods. He doe an excelet job in not only look at the application of both on American Capitalism but frames everything within the larger American trends (Victorian and Georgian practices). This book also takes an interdisciplinary scholarship drawing not on on economic theory by religious notions of. His main topics are labor relations and relative wealth.

Smith, Frederick H.
2008    The Historical Archaeology of Alcohol Trade and Transport. In The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking, edited by M. S. Nassaney, pp. 46-58. The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective, M. S. Nassaney. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

This book’s application on my research is the authors economic synthesis of the alcohol trade and production. My theses research includes alcohole bottles and this books bring a foundation to understanding the overall trade and exchange system just centered around alcohol. That production and value of alcohol changed with the countries independence and have a close correlation to wealth and control.

Matthews, Christopher N., Mark P. Leone and Kurt A. Jordon
    2002    The political economy of archaeological cultures: Marxism and American historical archaeology. Journal of Social Archaeology 1:109-134.

This article discusses the  rise of Marxism reflects an emerging consciousness within historical archaeology within the subject matter is capitalism. Historical archaeology has proceeded to study the modern culture of capitalism without engaging Marx’s critique of the political economy.Instead, much of historical archaeology reifies past cultural formations in place of maintaining a focus on the dialectical social processes. They study how a Marxist approach to cultural production improves the roots of historical archaeologies of the colonial American state and African-American ethnogenesis.

Orser, Charles E. Jr.
    2004    Historical Archaeology. Second ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

This book is very introductory to Historical archaeology as it’s own field approaches. The reason this book is important is because the vast majority if my academic experience is with prehistoric cultures not historic one. This book kind of lays the ground work for how that practical methods in historic archaeology. From theory, I have to develop a research design that will answer my questions by choosing the write methods. This book outlines methods and how some of the methods for with larger theoretical approaches.

Saitta, Dean J.
    2011    The Archaeology of Collective Action. The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Flroida.

This book shows how historical archaeology has been  successful  in reconstructing collective social action in the past and considers the implications of these reconstructions have for society today. Specifically, this book is beneficial to my research because it demonstrates the  theoretical and methodological approach to the archaeology of collective action. Some of my questions are concerning the issues of race, gender, and class-based systems. This book goes into greater deatil by specificly addressing how much progress archaeologists have made in illuminating these forms of collective action

McGuire, Randall H., Maria O’Donovan and LouAnn Wurst
    2006    Probing Praxis in Archaeology: The Last Eighty Years. RETHINKING MARXISM 17(2):355-372

This article talks about using Marxism in archaeology. The article questions the buffet like use of Marxism and believes that praxis is one of the key issues separating
Marxism from other theoretical approaches. “For Marxist archaeologists, praxis comes from knowledge and critique; they generate knowledge about the past, use this
knowledge to engage in a critique of our own world, and come to action based on the realization that there is real oppression in the world that must be challenged.” This is a great quote that sum up the article. However, for me this gave me a real introspection on just using Marxism without really understanding it.

McGuire, Randall H.
    2008    Archaeology as Political Action. California Series in Public Anthropology. University of California Press, Berkley.

This book is really more a foundation to political action in anthropology. With my still developed knowledge, this book helps the reader understand Marxist dialectical theory and points out how archaeologists can use their craft to evaluate interpretations of the real world and Challenge the constant hand me downs of colonialism and class struggle. This book futures the critique and debate of Marxism in archaeology


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