: Colonialism, Conflict, and Connectivity: Public Archaeology’s
Historian Arif Dirlik, unlike many of his colleagues in the social sciences, sees the benignities of our brave new world. Selling globalization as the antidote to our fractious world disorder has, in fact, become a ubiquitous theme in our popular and political culture. While many scholars and social activists remain decidedly skeptical about it, the ranks of those who believe that the new economic “comity of nations” will
bring benevolent social and cultural advances are increasing. In contrast, many of us believe that the philosophy that has developed as a counterweight to colonialism can bear no possible correlation to a system of values whose major manifestations are the pursuit of cheap labor, international banking, and the easing of trade restrictions. In fact, few social scientists are certain that globalization is anything less than wholly insidious.