In recent years the study of history has become a central area of inquiry within anthropology. While classical anthropology focused on the present, current approaches seek to "do history" by using a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches. Approaching the Past is a highly provocative and original volume that examines the issues, themes, and difficulties emerging out of the new anthropological concern with history.
Anchoring the discussion with a wide range of ethnographic case studies from Ireland, the contributors to this volume establish a sophisticated interdisciplinary dialogue and assess the degree to which anthropological concepts and methodologies can be applied to historical inquiry. With a variety of essays representing sociological, geograhical, and historical perspectives, Approaching the Past is an invaluable
contribution to a discipline that is expanding and reconstituting itself anew.
|Publisher:||Perseus (for Columbia University Press)|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 17 Years|
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This crisply written collection convincingly and systematically demonstrates the value of opening an ethnographic window on the past by identifying the unique insights anthropologists can bring to historical materials.