Critical Perspectives on Ancient DNA

Critical Perspectives on Ancient DNA

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Publisher's Synopsis

The first comprehensive critical analysis of the practices and consequences of ancient DNA research. This edited collection, Critical Perspectives on Ancient DNA, presents a critical enquiry into the much-hyped "ancient DNA revolution" in archaeology. Offering the first comprehensive and in-depth scholarly analysis of the practices and effects of archaeogenetics, editors Daniel Strand, Anna Källén, and Charlotte Mulcare, along with other renowned scholars from Europe and the United States, address a host of questions, such as: What happens with our understanding of the past when archaeology is married to genetic science? What cultural forms and historical narratives are generated by ancient DNA (aDNA) research, and what energies could they unleash? Taking a multidisciplinary and multisite approach to the topic, the essays offer important insights into the epistemological, ethical, and political consequences around and beyond the scientific analysis of aDNA. As such, Critical Perspectives on Ancient DNA provides a timely and much-needed critical engagement with the rapidly growing field of aDNA research-a field that, while already having a notable impact on how we view the past in research, museums, and popular media-has not yet been subject to thorough critical scrutiny. Contributors Ruth Amstutz, Chip Colwell, Magnus Fiskesjö, K. Ann Horsburgh, Anna Källén, Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa, Amade M'charek, Charlotte Mulcare, Andreas Nyblom, Venla Oikkonen, Mélanie Pruvost, Marianne Sommer, Daniel Strand

Book information

ISBN: 9780262548090
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 599.93509009
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20231124
Number of pages: cm
Weight: 374g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 15mm