Approaching the Past: Historical Anthropology Through Irish Case Studies

Approaching the Past: Historical Anthropology Through Irish Case Studies

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Approaching the Past: Historical Anthropology Through Irish Case Studies by Marilyn Silverman

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231079211
Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
Publication date: 12/15/1992
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

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Hastings Donnan

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.

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