Colonialism and community structure in western Ireland

Taylor, Lawrence J. (1980) Colonialism and community structure in western Ireland. Ethnohistory, 27 (2). pp. 169-181. ISSN 0014-1801

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This article attempts a tentative explanation of structural differences and similarities among contemporary Irish communities as described by anthropologists. Two ideal-typical case studies of community development are described in which the role of landlord-tenant relations is critical. In the first type, exemplified by County Clare, the structure of social relations was affected by disincorporating processes active through the colonial period. In the second type, exemplified by Teelin, a fishing community in southwest Donegal, such processes were much mitigated by forces both ecological and social. These ideal developmental types shed light on the contemporary rural Irish landscape, as well as on the effects of landlord-tenant relations on the social organization of local communities generally.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Colonialism; community structure; western Ireland;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
Item ID: 1997
Depositing User: Professor Lawrence J. Taylor
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010 14:41
Journal or Publication Title: Ethnohistory
Publisher: Duke University Press
Refereed: Yes

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