Past as the Other – The Other as Past

  • Staša Babić Department of Archaeology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
Keywords:
study of past/other cultures, the Other, modernity, colonialism, postcolonial archaeology, anthropology and history

Abstract

Modern academic disciplines of anthropology, history and archaeology are founded in the cultural, social, political context of the 18th and 19th centuries, at the times of the colonial expansion of the West European countries. Although demarcated by the objects of their study ("primitive societies", the past according to written sources, or material evidence), all these disciplines are grounded in the need to distinguish and strengthen the modern identity of the Europeans as opposed to the Others in space and time.

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Published
2010-04-12
Section
Other Humanities and Social Sciences

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