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Scottish Crofters

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This case study focuses on Geall, a community in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. With an understanding gained from an intimate, long-term relationship with Scotland, things Scottish, and the people of the community the author describes Geall as a human community and places it in the wider cultural, historical, economic, and sociopolitical contexts of maintaining relationships to Scotland, England and Europe. This is the first book to look at a Scottish Highland Community and the first ethnography to utilize the semiotic theory of culture, which views history as an act of cultural creation. The book emphasizes the way symbols are used to interpret elements of the culture such as economy, power, mental illness, and religion, by exploring the significant symbols associated with the state, the mechanisms for integrating community and state, and how people define leaders and social role.

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During 1970-71, Parman (California State U., Fullerton) lived in Ciall, Scotland to conduct ethnographic research on the crofting communities of the Highlands and Islands, which resulted in the first publication of this text in 1990. The second edition updates the analysis of crofting, explores further the links among crofting, Gaelic-speaking, the "Gaelic Renaissance" occurring in Scotland and among Scottish communities abroad, and Scottish nationalism. Parman also updates the status of crofting as a form of land tenure, with discussion of the "decrofting" statutes passed by the Crofters Commission, and assesses the symbolic significance of the movement to promote crofting as an ecologically sound economic practice in the EU.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

SCOTTISH CROFTERS: A HISTORICAL ETHNOGRAPHY OF A CELTIC VILLAGE focuses on Geall, a community in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. With an understanding gained from an intimate, long-term relationship with Scotland, things Scottish, and the people of the community, the author describes Geall as a human community and places it in the wider cultural, historical, economic, and sociopolitical contexts of maintaining relationships to Scotland, England and Europe. The book emphasizes the way symbols are used to interpret elements of the culture such as economy, power, mental illness, and religion by exploring the significant symbols associated with the state, the mechanisms for integrating community and state, and how people define leaders and social role.

About the Author

Susan Parman is an anthropologist, educator, and writer with eclectic interests. Although her major geographical interest is Europe and particularly Scotland, she has done research on Japan, Central Asia, Mexican-Americans, and the American South. Her theoretical interests range from the history of anthropology to the anthropology of islands and the biocultural study of salt and dreams. She also publishes poetry, short stories, and other forms of fiction. As outgoing president of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Parman continues to contribute to discussions of the relationship of Europe and anthropology through promotion of symposia, workshops, and scholarships. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at California State University ¿ Fullerton.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction to the Second Edition. 1. History and the Celt. 2. The Crofting Township. 3. Harris Tweed. 4. The Informal Structure of Leadership, Decision-Making, and Social Order. 6. Kinship, Courtship, and Marriage. 7. Supernaturalism. 8. Creating Culture in Ciall: The Bottle and the Bible. 9. Stories and Silence. A Story of Scotland. Recommended Reading. Bibliography. Index. Biographical Note.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780534633240
Author:
Parman, Susan
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Author:
Parman, Susan (Susan Parman)
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series:
Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.16x6.38x.30 in. .62 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Anatomy and Physiology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General

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"Synopsis" by , SCOTTISH CROFTERS: A HISTORICAL ETHNOGRAPHY OF A CELTIC VILLAGE focuses on Geall, a community in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. With an understanding gained from an intimate, long-term relationship with Scotland, things Scottish, and the people of the community, the author describes Geall as a human community and places it in the wider cultural, historical, economic, and sociopolitical contexts of maintaining relationships to Scotland, England and Europe. The book emphasizes the way symbols are used to interpret elements of the culture such as economy, power, mental illness, and religion by exploring the significant symbols associated with the state, the mechanisms for integrating community and state, and how people define leaders and social role.
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