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    A statistical and documentary primer on rundale in Ireland

    Flaherty, Eoin (2015) A statistical and documentary primer on rundale in Ireland. Ulster Folklife, 58. pp. 22-32. ISSN 0082-7347

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    The study of rundale has slowly graduated from a relatively isolated debate within Irish historical geography, to a subject of wider consideration amongst anthropologists, sociologists, agricultural scientists, archaeologists, and historians. This widening of the scope of debate has brought renewed attention not only to the social, cultural, and geographical features of rundale, but to the variety of sources brought to bear on its study. As a result, the incorporation of new source materials, and new approaches to analysis, has breathed life into an important aspect of Irish social history for which further discovery doubtless remains. Since the publication of Estyn Evan’s foundational paper ‘Some Survivals of the Irish Openfield System’ in 1939, subsequent major works in the field have revealed additional layers of complexity to rundale which, rather than closing down debate, have served merely to keep it alive by raising new questions. The publication of works beyond the field of Irish studies has also placed the study of rundale in comparative context, as social scientists pay greater attention to historical modes of production across Europe and beyond. By revealing historical systems similar to rundale in operation in locations as diverse as Germany, Romania, and Russia, renewed attention is being paid to fundamental questions regarding the evolutionary precursors of our modern capitalist society.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: statistical; documentary; primer; rundale; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 12883
    Depositing User: Eoin Flaherty
    Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 10:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Ulster Folklife
    Publisher: Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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