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Govier, E.
Power and all its guises. Environmental determinism and locating ‘the crux of the matter’
(2020) Archaeological Dialogues, 27 (2), pp. 173-176.

DOI: 10.1017/S1380203820000215

Can we theorize the relationship between discourses that antagonize each other? In a recent article, Arponen et al. demonstrate the tension between two different research models, and spotlight the compelling impact these methods have on archaeological interpretation. In response to their observations, this paper theorizes how we can understand the position of the researcher in relation to the events they analyse. Using Michel Foucault’s approach to the ‘discursive formation’ and Karen Barad’s theory of agential realism, in this reaction I argue that focusing on a single and most important point (the crux) is problematic, and theoretically outline how creating conceptual space for polymorphous causality can aid the analysis of a ‘dispersion of events’. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Cambridge University Press.

Author Keywords
agential realism; Causality; discourse; discursive formation; environmental determinism; rupture

Index Keywords
archaeology, conceptual framework, power relations, research work, theoretical study

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