Post-colonialism, human origins and the paradox of modernity

Martin Porr, Jacqueline M. Matthews

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Post-colonial thought affects the heart of Western science. Although there is comparatively little engagement with post-colonial theory in the fields traditionally concerned with human origins or human evolution, it should be of critical importance to Palaeolithic archaeology and human evolutionary studies. Examination of recent literature dealing with so-called modern human origins highlights key neglected aspects of this discourse, namely the status of nature and rationality, and demonstrates how these aspects are entangled with ongoing political and colonial influences on the production of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1058-1068
Number of pages11
Issue number358
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017


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