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A Sentimental Economy

Commodity and Community in Rural Ireland

Carles Salazar
With a Preface by Alan MacFarlane

192 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-887-4 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (July 1996)


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"... a valuable volume. Well researched and solidly argued ... Author and material are intriguinglymatched."  ·  Choice

"... an important contribution toward an understanding of rural Irish culture and society."  ·  Reviewers Bookwatch

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On the fringe of western Europe, yet fully integrated into the capitalist market, the rural economy of the west of Ireland seems to provide a fascinating object of analysis to the student of European folk cultures. This book concentrates on a particular aspect of that rural economy: the social organization and cultural construction of work in a community of family farms. The concept of work, which is primarily farm work, is taken here as a very elementary set of ideas, images and experiences that enable us to penetrate in the different cultural spheres that intersect life on an Irish family farm. Work, the author concludes, is to this farming community what the Kula ring is to the Trobriand islanders - a kind of Maussian "total social fact" the analysis of which incorporates a comprehensive description of a particular social system.

Carles Salazar is lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Lleida. He gained his PhD degree at the University of Cambridge, and has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Ireland and Catalonia. His main research has been focused on different aspects of Irish society and culture: rural economy, religious beliefs, family organization and history of sexual morality. He has also done research on the history of anthropology and on the cultural understanding of biomedicine and genetics among infertile couples in Barcelona. His latest publications include  Anthropology and Sexual Morality (Berghahn Books, 2006).

Subject: General Anthropology Sociology
Area: Europe



Contents

Preface
Alan Macfarlane

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1. Memories from the West
Chapter 2. Languages and Practices
Chapter 3. An Enquiry into the Economy
Chapter 4. Tamed Commodities
Chapter 5. The Moral Boundaries of Farm Work
Chapter 6. Workers and Machines
Chapter 7. The Community Through Monetary Exchanges
Chapter 8. Tönnies in the West of Ireland
Chapter 9. The Intricacies of the Gift
Chapter 10. Family and Gender
Chapter 11. Maximising Kinship Relations
Chapter 12. The Social Life of Space
Chapter 13. Individualism, Morality, and Sentiment
Chapter 14. Work As Metaphor: The Abrogation of the Economy

Concluding Remarks

Images and Imagination – A Photographic Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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