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Translating Truths: Nationalism, the Practice of Archaeology, and the Remaking of Past and Present in Contemporary Jerusalem

Nadia Abu El-Haj
American Ethnologist
Vol. 25, No. 2 (May, 1998), pp. 166-188
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/646691
Page Count: 23
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Translating Truths: Nationalism, the Practice of Archaeology, and the Remaking of Past and Present in Contemporary Jerusalem
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Abstract

Focusing on the practices of Israeli archaeology in Jerusalem's Old City and the building of the new Jewish Quarter (post-1967), I situate the work of archaeology within a wider network of institutions and practices, arguing that once we recognize that archaeologists produce tangible things, its potential power as knowledge and as science may become more starkly apparent. By examining one particular instance of scientific practice and its role in processes of cultural production and spatial transformation, I hope to raise questions more broadly about the best way to account for how (scientific) knowledge actually helps to fabricate novel cultural and political realities and to produce specific regimes of rule. [archaeology, science, material culture, colonialism, nationalism, Israel]

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