Civic Engagement Analysis

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On the topic of public engagement in archaeology, Shackel also draws on political scientist Robert Putnam’s ideas on civic engagement. Shackel discusses Putnam’s analysis of how Americans from the 1980’s onward have become disconnected from their communities and lack access to social capital in his article on the University of Maryland’s participation in civic engagement (Shackel, 2010, pg. 58). Through engaging with the public, archaeologists can help these people connect with their communities’ pasts and even the present day, which Shackel addresses in his work in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Shackel and his wife Barbara Little also approach the topic of civil engagement in archaeology. The two co-edited the book Archaeology as a Tool of Civic Engagement that connects civic engagement with public archaeological practices. Shackel has his own essay devoted to discussing civic engagement related to social justice in Illinois with his New Philadelphia project. The New Philadelphia archaeology project is a joint effort between the University of Maryland and the University of Illinois to recruit a diverse group of local students to participate in archaeological field
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Peggy G. Hargis for not including the work of historian C. Vann Woodward in establishing the idea that segregation as no fixed trajectory in society (Hargis, 2011, pg. 93). Perhaps if he included this work, he would have an additional perspective on the racial issues surround the area. His work is also criticized for not clearly articulating the book for a specific audience (pg. 94). This is an interesting criticism because Shackel’s goal is to connect with the public at sites like New Philadelphia. Hargis ultimately praises him for his attention to the fact that multiple stakeholders in a community can express different accounts of history (pg. 94). He also accounted for this in his work at Harpers

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