1: Introduction 1. Surveying the field: the development of an archaeology of the recent and contemporary past 2: A disciplinary (pre)history 3: Field methods 4: Working across disciplines 5: Theory and politics 2. Archaeological approaches to late modern societies 6: Artefacts 7: Sites 8: Landscapes 9: Non-places and virtual worlds 10: Conclusions
Rodney Harrison is Lecturer in Heritage Studies at The Open University.
John Schofield is a Member of English
Heritage's Characterization Team.
By bringing archaeology right up to date Harrison and Schofield
provide an eloquent argument that the transformation of things and
landscapes haunts the contemporary imagination. Their book is a
must-read for the many disciplines interested in understanding the
turbulent century we have recently shed. The presumption that
history died in 1989 is here matched by the birth of a new
understanding of the past; one that is altogether more interesting
because it is tangible and entrancing. * Clive Gamble, Department
of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London *
Archaeology has always been a versatile discipline, and After Modernity shows versatility to the full, using archaeological theory and technique to reflect on the materiality of our contemporary world. This is the first major study to assemble along the vectors of common themes those archaeologies that explore the world of our own lifetimes. In doing this, After Modernity prompts reflection on the power of the material world today. * Martin Hall, University of Salford *
This is the first textbook that encompasses all the recent work on the archaeology of ourselves. In doing so it transforms archaeology into a discipline that can both contribute to a wide range of contemporary social issues and provide new insights for anthropology, sociology, heritage and cultural geography. * Ian Hodder, Stanford Archaeology Center *
This is one of those rare books poised from the outset to become a classic. In many ways it is what archaeology is at its best: a creative and scholarly exploration of everyday life. Yet After Modernity also offers fascinating explorations of the possibilities of the past in the present, and the contributions archaeologies can make to a range of contemporary social issues. ... In sum, Harrison and Schofield's book is a provocative contribution to our understanding of the archaeological discipline and the heritage world around us. After Modernity earns its place in any humanities or social science library. * Timothy Clack, University of Oxford, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute *