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A Marxist Archaeology

By Randall H. McGuire

A Marxist Archaeology
Paperback, 319 pages £31.00
Published: 1992
ISBN: 9780971242746
Format: 220mm x 147mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Eliot Werner Publications, Sociology

A rich intellectual tradition that offers archaeologists a way around many seemingly irresolvable theoretical oppositions, Marxism deserves a place in the philosophical and substantive debates in archaeology.  This book applies Marxist theory to archaeology, explores long-term historical change and cultural evolution, and advocates a dialectical and historical approach to the study of the past.  Originally published by Academic Press in 1992, this edition features a new prologue by the author.

From the Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition . . .

'The unique contribution that Marxism can make to archaeology comes from the integration of [its three parts] to gain knowledge of, critique, and take action in the world. . . . [T]his integration is an ongoing, dynamic, and never-ending process. My starting point for this process is to be found in A Marxist Archaeology and I hope that other archaeologists will find my efforts helpful as they begin their journey.'

Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. A Brief History of Marxism

Chapter 3. Archaeology and Marxism

Chapter 4. The Dialectic: Marxism as a Theory of Relations

Chapter 5. The Making of History

Chapter 6. History and Evolution

Chapter 7. Death and Society in a Hohokam Community

Chapter 8. Critical Archaeology: Archaeology and the Vanishing American

Chapter 9. The Praxis of Archaeology



'[McGuire] recognizes that no study of humanity can operate effectively without an engagement with the broader intellectual tradition of Marxism, and he is capable, through the clarity of his writing, to convey these insights and the arguments that support them to a wider and perhaps more skeptical audience.' (John C. Barrett, American Anthropologist)

'McGuire provides a broad overview of Marxist theory and Marxist archaeology. He supplies a valuable bibliography and brief discussions of the contributions of almost every significant Marxist thinker . . . [and] demonstrates the wealth of debate within contemporary Marxism.' (Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, American Antiquity)

Randall H. McGuire,  Bi nghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 319 pages
 220mm x 147mm

BIC Code:
  SOC003000, SOC026000
 Eliot Werner Publications


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