Sample Chapter – Insoll, T. 2007. Configuring Identities in Archaeology. (In), Insoll, T. (ed.). The Archaeology of Identities. A Reader. London: Routledge, pp. 1-18.
This volume rectifies an existing major gap in the literature through providing a reader of core texts relating to the archaeological study of identities (gender, age, sexuality, the body, disability, ethnicity, class, caste and outcast, ideology, and religion). This reader is both about what archaeology can tell us about identities, but also about the “doing” of the archaeology of identities, and it reflects the varied theoretical and methodological approaches which have been adopted in the pursuit of the archaeological study of identities. The volume is prefaced by a substantial introductory essay considering the archaeology of identities with particular reference paid to the definitions, concepts, and labels we employ, the potential ethical, political, and social implications and consequences inherent in the subject, and the notion of the archaeology of identities in relation to multi-culturalism.