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The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization

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The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization. Edited by Tamar Hodos. London, UK: Routledge, 2017. 970 pages. $221 (ISBN 978-0-415-84130-6). E-book available (ISBN 978-315-44900-5), call for pricing.

Tamar Hodos, Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Bristol, has assembled a fascinating and unique work in the Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization. Usually considered a modern-era phenomenon, Hodos and her collaborators demonstrate that globalization has been with us since complex ancient societies first developed. In her introduction, Hodos discusses the idea of globalization, and defines it as "processes of increasing connectivities that unfold and manifest as social awareness of those connectivities" (4). Globalization, therefore, is not necessarily modern, Western, or a homogenization of cultures, but instead is a "development of shared practices and values that contribute to the idea of the world as one place, while recognizing cultural and other differences" (5). Hodos and her contributors argue that globalization theory, therefore, partnered with material culture studies, can be used to discuss and better understand connections between people and cultures in the past as well as the present.

Unlike many "handbooks," this volume is not linear in timeframe nor is it a synopsis of scholarship. …

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