Arqueologia como Capitalismo do Desastre
La Salle, Marina
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Archaeology is a form of disaster capitalism, characterized by specialist managers whose function is the "clearance" of Indigenous heritage from the landscape, making way for economic development. When presented with this critique, archaeologists respond strongly and emotionally, denying and defending the commercial archaeology industry. Their anger emanates from and revolves around the assertion that archaeologists are not just complicit in but integral to the destruction of the very heritage they claim to protect. In what we believe is an act of philosophical and economic self-preservation, mainstream archaeologists actively "forget" the relationship between archaeology, violence and the global heritage crisis. Securely defended by its practitioners, archaeology therefore remains an imperial force grounded in the ideology of growth, development and progress.