Reimagining Culture: Histories, Identities and the Gaelic Renaissance

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November 1997



Since the 1960s, policies to 'revive' minority cultures and languages have flourished. But what does it mean to have a 'cultural identity'? And are minorities as deeply attached to their languages and traditions as revival policies suppose? This book is a sophisticated analysis of responses to the 'Gaelic renaissance' in a Scottish Hebridean community. Its description of everyday conceptions of belonging and interpretations of cultural policy takes us into the world of Gaelic playgroups, crofting, local history, religion and community development. Historically and theoretically informed, this book challenges many of the ways in which we conventionally think about ethnic and national identity.
This accessible and engaging account of life in this remote region of Europe provides an original and timely contribution to questions of considerable currency in a broad range of social science disciplines.


Sharon Macdonald, Social Anthropology, University of Manchester


'This book is [...] a simply remarkable, straightforward and really detailed lookat how a Gaelic community works.'Stornaway Gazette'Overall, this is a book which will be of interest to those researching the Highlands in the twentieth century. Although the focus is strongly local, the discussion is securely grounded in historical background and social science references.' The Scottish Historical ReviewSharon Macdonald has written a timely and important book that deserves serious attention from anyone interested in the anthropology of Europe.'Anthropological Quarterly'Thank heavens, then, for Sharon Macdonald and Berg, who can claim credit for this excellent book...It is built on a profound knowledge of and ethnographic familiarity with Hebridean cultures, to which he (Edwin Ardener) aspired, but it also rises above the parochial to comment meaningfully on contemporary currents in Scottish nationalism and politics and, yet more generally, on the complex interrelationships o
EAN: 9781859739808
ISBN: 1859739806
Untertitel: 'Berg Ethnicity and Identity Se'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1997
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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