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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-xiv

It is with great pleasure that I greet the publication in English of the texts of Ethnologie française vol. 41, no. 2 (2011), which appeared in French with the title “Irlande après Arensberg et Ó Duilearga,” under the editorship of Diarmuid Ó Giolláin. It is obvious that English-speakers should have...

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Introduction: Irish Ethnologies

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

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pp. 1-18

Since 1994, the journal Ethnologie française has devoted one of its four annual numbers to the ethnology of another country. All but one of the essays that appeared in the special 2011 number (vol. 41, no. 2) dedicated to Ireland, “Irlande après Arensberg et Ó Duilearga,” appear here in the...

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1. Re-Placing Ireland in Irish Anthropology

Hastings Donnan

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pp. 19-35

This chapter considers the concept of place as a product and process of the historical and theoretical dimensions of Irish anthropology. Although place is often used as a key trope in contemporary anthropology, with its connotations of origin, belonging, memory, and deterritorialization, place...

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2. Epistolary Research Relations: Correspondences in Anthropological Research: Arensberg, Kimball,and the Harvard-Irish Survey, 1930–1936

Anne Byrne

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pp. 36-59

In public and personal archives scattered throughout the United States lie the professional correspondences and personal letters of the Harvard-Irish Survey research team (1930–36) that came to Ireland in the early years of the twentieth century to conduct an archaeological and anthropological...

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3. Ireland’s Ethnographic Horizons

Pauline Garvey and Adam Drazin

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pp. 60-74

Museums are truly archives from the viewpoint of their curators, directors, and audience. They are presented as timeless, a taken-for-granted feature of any modern metropolis as if sprung from the natural environment. But part of this mirage of perpetual and indefinite accumulation belies specific...

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4. Folkloristic-Ethnological Studies in Ireland

Gearóid Ó Crualaoich

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pp. 75-89

Along with being an exercise in gathering together, an essai de synthèse can be an exploration and an outlining “from first principles” of the development of the topic addressed. The history of folkloristic-ethnological studies in Ireland can usefully be approached from the first principles of this...

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5. Pluralism and Silence: Protestants and Catholics in the Republic of Ireland

Joseph Ruane

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pp. 90-110

There is a marked difference in the relationship between Catholics and Protestants in the two parts of Ireland. In Northern Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 has brought paramilitary violence to a close (more or less) and there has been some blurring of identities. But the relationship...

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6. The Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS): The Site of a Symbolic Struggle over Knowledge

Ethel Crowley

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pp. 111-125

In this chapter I shall analyze the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) in Ireland. REPS began life in an EU regulation broadly recommending the application of some environmental restrictions to farming in Europe. In Ireland, it was designed by civil servants from the Department...

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7. From Civil Rights to Carnival: The Anthropology of Public Space in Belfast

Dominic Bryan

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pp. 126-140

It is a truism to suggest that all spaces are landscapes enriched with meaning, but in certain circumstances space can play a central part in relationships of power. Since Northern Ireland came into existence in 1921, the use of public space has had a particular role in defining ethno-political...

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8. Stories of the Soil: In the Irish Literary World

Helena Wulff

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pp. 141-157

Ireland’s rich literary tradition is long established. Literature was a prominent part of the nationalist cultural revival in Ireland at the end of the nineteenth century. Under the leadership of W. B. Yeats, the literary movement had an impact on the passage of Ireland into political independence...

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9. Locating Local Tradition: The Sociocultural Construction of Irish Folk History

Guy Beiner

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pp. 158-177

Irish folklore can be located on the cusp of tradition and modernity (Ó Giolláin 2000). Its features are transnational and national, universal and Irish, but at its core is a sense of provincial rootedness through which ethnological traditions are seen as particular to specific, mostly rural, localities...

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10. The Irish Mermaid: Man’s Alliance to Woman, Nature, and Death in a Peasant Culture

Sylvie Muller

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pp. 178-202

Already in the Middle Ages, the Irish, newly converted to Christianity, had saved a part of the pre-Christian mythology of the warrior aristocracy from oblivion, taking advantage of the introduction of writing to record it. At the beginning of the twentieth century, history repeated itself: the...

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11. A Tale of Two Rivers: Riverdance, A River of Sound, and the Ambiguities of “Tradition”

Anthony McCann

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pp. 203-219

In the mid-1990s in Ireland, the terms “tradition” and “traditional” became notoriously public fulcrums for debate, and at times even vicious conflict, at least where music was concerned. This period heralded what BBC’s head of music programs dubbed an “uncivil war for the soul of Irish...

List of Contributors

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pp. 220-221

Index

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pp. 222-238