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Scottish Crofters : a Historical Ethnography of a Celtic Village

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ISBN-10: 0534633242

ISBN-13: 9780534633240

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Susan Parman

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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,…    
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Book details

List price: $75.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction to the Second Edition
Culture, History, and Narratology
The Significance of Crofting
The Significance of Gaelic
What Is a Highlander If Not a Gaelic-Speaking Crofter?
What Is a Scot if Not a Highlander/Celt/Gaelic-Speaking Scottish Crofter?
Ethnographers and Ethnographies
A Note on Names
Summary of Changes
History and the Celt
What Is a Celt?
What Is Europe?
Who Are the French and the English?
Who Are the Scots?
The Crofting Township
The Western Isles, Isle of Lewis, and Ciall
Crofting
An Example
The Yearly Cycle
The Future of Crofting
The Exiles: Emigration and an Aging Population
Harris Tweed
Fishing
Demythologizing Highland Dress
Harris Tweed
The Origins of Harris Tweed in Ciall
The Future of Harris Tweed
Harris Tweed in 2003
The Informal Structure of Leadership, Decision Making, and Social Order
Crofter versus Laird
Informal Leaders
Commitment and Betrayal
Friendship
Maintaining Social Order: "They May Be Murderers, But They're Our Murderers"
Gossip and the Creation of History
Kinship, Courtship, and Marriage: Co leis thu?
Neighborhood and Community
Male and Female
Sex and Courtship
Reasons for Marriage
Barriers to Marriage
Reiteach (Engagement Party)
Posadh and Banais (The Wedding)
Supernaturalism
The Reformation in Scotland
The Free Church
Church and Community
Witches and Ghosts
Second Sight
Creating Culture in Ciall: The Bottle and the Bible
Whiskey and Scotland
Whiskey and Community
The Process of Conversion
Stories and Silence
Cultural Patterns of Involvement
Cultural Patterns of Withdrawal
Narratives of the Life Cycle in the Construction of Culture
Conclusion
Recommended Reading
Bibliography
Index