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Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration
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Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Graciela S. Cabana and Jeffery J. Clark

Abstract

All too often, anthropologists study specific facets of human migration without guidance from the other subdisciplines (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics) that can provide new insights on the topic. The equivocal results of these narrow studies often make the discussion of impact and consequences speculative. In the last decade, however, anthropologists working independently in the four subdisciplines have developed powerful methodologies to detect and assess the scale of past migrations. Yet these advances are known only to a few specialized research ... More

Keywords: migration, anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, linguistic anthropology, diaspora, population movement, culture change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813036076
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036076.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graciela S. Cabana, editor
University of Tennessee

Jeffery J. Clark, editor
Center for Desert Archaeology in Tucson, Arizona

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Contents

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I Setting the Stage

Introduction Migration in Anthropology

Graciela S. Cabana, and Jeffery J. Clark

II Archaeological Approaches

5 Disappearance and Diaspora

Jeffery J. Clark

III Archaeolinguistic Approaches

7 Power, Agency, and Identity

Christopher S. Beekman, and Alexander F. Christensen

IV Ethnolinguistic Approaches

V Bioanthropological Approaches

14 Migration Muddles in Prehistory

Susan R. Frankenberg, and Lyle W. Konigsberg

VI Lessons from Contemporary Migration

End Matter