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By Andrew M. Martin

ISBN-10: 0759123578

ISBN-13: 9780759123571

In the decade, a brand new belief of tradition has emerged in sociology, out of the ashes of modernism and post-modernism, that has the capability to transform how we predict approximately cultural gadgets and teams in archaeology. Archaeology past Postmodernity re-evaluates present interpretive and methodological instruments and adapts them to the hot place. Many examples are given from Western and indigenous sciences to demonstrate this varied realizing of technology and tradition. moreover, numerous case experiences exhibit the way it could be utilized to interpret old and prehistoric cultures.

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1998). In a similar way, the reduction and encryption of astronomical and geographic information into a star compass has enabled the isolated island people of Micronesia to navigate vast distances between islands in the Pacific, to colonize them, and to create support networks for thousands of years (Turnbull 2000b, 137). Thus, if the needs, solution processes, and outcomes are the same in non-modern as well as modern contexts, we cannot claim that there is a distinction between modern and indigenous science, or between theoretical formulas and practical technology.

A good indication of the effort it takes to merely maintain the right conditions so that facts can be applied elsewhere is the amount spent on calibration every year—6 percent of US Gross National Product (three times what is spent on Research and Development), as calculated by the National Bureau of Standards in 1980 (Hunter 1980 in Latour 1987, 251)—actually only a small, but crucial, part of the effort to extend the influence of facts. To understand the localized nature of modern science is not to question its efficacy, but to illustrate that the difference in results between modern and pre-modern science stems from a difference in scale more than a difference in method.

Latour argues that we must restrain our Western condescension Entangled by Modernism 21 and start to listen to our informants’ reasoning behind their statements rather than translating everything into social theories (Latour 2005, 48). Informants can give us a far better explanation about why they do things than can anthropologists. Only by learning what these explanations tie together can we learn the meaning and power behind them. , 47). As a result, most explanations are thrown out and only those that fit our own conceptions, or can be translated into a social theory, are kept.

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