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From Clare to the Common Market: Perspectives in Irish Ethnography

Thomas M. Wilson
Anthropological Quarterly
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Jan., 1984), pp. 1-15
DOI: 10.2307/3317293
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3317293
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Since the 1930s the anthropological study of Irish society has been dominated by the theory, method, and subject matter of the landmark community study conducted by Arensberg and Kimball in County Clare. This essay reviews the ethnographic literature of Ireland up to the 1970s, assessing the relationship of these writings to the theory and data of the Clare study. It suggests that the anthropology of Ireland has failed to define problems relevant to comparative European anthropology, the research of other disciplines in Ireland, or the everyday concerns of Irish people. Research conducted by the author in County Meath highlighted the need for new anthropological models in order to analyze contemporary Irish political economy. Of principal importance to the ethnography of Ireland is the European Common Market, a key factor in the internationalization of European capital and power, and a dominant element in the organization of local, regional, and national European society.

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