The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village: (Published in cloth as Santa Maria del Monte)

The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village: (Published in cloth as Santa Maria del Monte)

by Ruth Behar
     
 

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Alive with the voices of both historical and contemporary villagers, this study of a northern Spanish community shows how the residents of Santa Maria del Monte have acted together at critical times to ensure the survival of their traditional forms of social organization.

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Alive with the voices of both historical and contemporary villagers, this study of a northern Spanish community shows how the residents of Santa Maria del Monte have acted together at critical times to ensure the survival of their traditional forms of social organization.

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Based on fieldwork from 1978 to 1981 in a small village in northern Spain, this is a well-written study of the role of the past in the lives of the people of Santa Maria del Monte. Both documents and case studies are used as source materials, resulting in a multifaceted historical ethnography that reconstructs aspects of the villagers' lives, including family and community, the rural landscape, the house (both architecturally and familial relationships), and social organization. Behar captures well the sense of the past and its presence in village life, and her attention to the role of the written word is uncommon in cultural anthropology studies of this kind. The epilogue, written after a three years' absence, records significant changes in village life. An engrossing study for cultural anthropology and Hispanic studies collections. Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691028668
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/23/1991
Series:
Princeton Legacy Library Series
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.13(d)

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