Discussion: A response from the 'Core'

Matthew H. Johnson*

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First let me thank the editors for the opportunity to comment on these papers. Frankly, I learned a lot from them, particularly about the theoretical basis of Latin American archaeology, about which I was only dimly aware. In some ways, any concluding comment, of whatever kind, is presumptuous. The majority of the contributors to this volume speak from the 'periphery'; and the editors are correct in stating in their Introduction that '[peripheral] conditions tend to produce critical thought'. This response is written very definitely from the core. I sit, writing these words, in a pleasant study in a comfortable middle-class home in England; a location far from peripheral, whatever definition one cares to choose. Such comfortable conditions, by implication, will tend to produce sloppy, uncritical thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGlobal Archaeological Theory
Subtitle of host publicationContextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0306486504, 9780306486517
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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