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Rethinking ColonialismComparative Archaeological Approaches$
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Craig N. Cipolla and Katherine Howlett Hayes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060705

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060705.001.0001

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Colonial Encounters, Time, and Social Innovation

Colonial Encounters, Time, and Social Innovation

(p.99) 6 Colonial Encounters, Time, and Social Innovation
Rethinking Colonialism

Per Cornell

University Press of Florida

This chapter addresses the colonial encounter in the periphery or outside the colonial domain. It is largely an archaeological approach, but written sources are also used. The main example comes from the Americas, from the Pichao site in the Calchaqui Valleys, a Subandean area in today’s Argentina. A brief discussion of an Iron Age site in Sicily is also included. The main argument is related to the role played by indigenous populations within the frame of the colonial, mainly in relation to groups establishing or maintaining a certain degree of autonomy from the colonial administration. Archaeology could play an important role in the study of such cases, since the available written sources often are limited concerning the periphery of colonial control. It is important to look closer at such examples, and to avoid taking a priori their general “backwardness,” or their lack of relation to larger historical processes. Addressing these social experiences, these cases of social innovation, will force our theoretical and practical capacities to their limit, since they require new thinking on time and the social.

Keywords:   ColonialEncounter, Social Innovation, Time, Archaeology, Argentina, Sicily

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