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    Culture and History in the Halfway House: Ethnography, Tradition, and the Rural Middle Class in the West of Ireland


    Saris, A. Jamie (2000) Culture and History in the Halfway House: Ethnography, Tradition, and the Rural Middle Class in the West of Ireland. Journal of Historical Sociology, 13. pp. 10-36. ISSN 0952-1909

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    Abstract

    In this essay, I examine aspects of the life of a mental hospital nurse in the context of two main discourses (1) cultural debates about Ireland over the course of the last century or so, and (2) how the west of the island has been portrayed in some ethnographic writings. I argue that this nurse is situated partially in and partially out of both these discourses, and, furthermore, he is implicated in reproducingsome ideas that render such judgment possible. I put forward a concept of ‘‘brokerage’’ to explain how objects and narratives that invoke a ‘‘tradition’’ stretching back into contested and intellectually murky histories can be experienced as felt orientations within a cultural environment.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Culture; History; Halfway House; Ethnography; Tradition; Rural Middle Class; West of Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 8385
    Depositing User: Dr. A. Jamie Saris
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 11:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Historical Sociology
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
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