Overview

 The Anthropology of Iceland presents the first perspectives on Icelandic anthropology from both Icelandic and foreign anthropologists. The thirteen essays in this volume are divided into four themes: ideology and action; kinship and gender; culture, class, and ethnicity; and the Commonwealth period of circa 930 to 1220, which saw the flowering of sagas. Insider and outsider viewpoints on such topics as the Icelandic women's movement, the transformation of the fishing industry, the idea of mystical ...

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Overview

 The Anthropology of Iceland presents the first perspectives on Icelandic anthropology from both Icelandic and foreign anthropologists. The thirteen essays in this volume are divided into four themes: ideology and action; kinship and gender; culture, class, and ethnicity; and the Commonwealth period of circa 930 to 1220, which saw the flowering of sagas. Insider and outsider viewpoints on such topics as the Icelandic women's movement, the transformation of the fishing industry, the idea of mystical power in modern Iceland, and archaeological research in Iceland merge to form an international, comparative discourse.

Individually and collectively, by bringing the insights of anthropology to bear on Iceland, the native and foreign authors of this volume carry Iceland into the realm of modern anthropology, advancing our understanding of the island's people and the practice of anthropology.



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Thirteen essays are divided according to four themes: ideology and action; kinship and gender; culture, class, and ethnicity; and the Commonwealth period of circa 930 to 1220, which saw the flowering of the sagas. Insider and outsider viewpoints on such topics as the Icelandic women's movement, the transformation of the fishing industry, the idea of mystical power in modern Iceland, and archaeological reserach in Iceland are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587290558
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 286
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

E. Paul Durrenberger, professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa, has done fieldwork in Thailand as well as Iceland. Gisli Palsson, professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland, has worked in both Iceland and the Cape Verde Islands.

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Table of Contents

 Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Toward an Anthropology of Iceland ix

I. Ideology and Action

Forms of Production and Fishing Expertise 3

The Idea of Mystical Power in Modern Iceland 19

The Hunter and the Animal 39

II. Kinship and Gender

Problems and Prospects in the Study of Icelandic Kinship 53

Outside, Muted, and Different: Icelandic Women's Movements and Their Notions of Authority and Cultural Seperateness 80

Public View and Private Voices 98

III. Culture, Class, and Ethnicity

Language and Society: The Ethnolinguistis of Icelanders 121

Work and the Identity of the Poor: Work Load, Work Discipline, and Self-Respect 140

Adaption to an Ethnic Structure: The Urban Icelandic-Canadians of Winnipeg 157

IV. The Commonwealth Period

Regional Archeological Research in Iceland: Potentials and Possibilities 179

Contributions to the Zooarchaeology of Iceland: Some Preliminary Notes 203

Anthropological Perspectives on the Commonwealth Period 228

Notes on Contributors 247

Index 251

 

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