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    Producing Persons and Developing Institutions in Rural Ireland

    Saris, A. Jamie (1999) Producing Persons and Developing Institutions in Rural Ireland. American Ethnologist, 26. pp. 690-710. ISSN 0094-0496

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    In this article, I examine a community psychiatric nurse's highly commodified descriptions of the activities and interests of two clients of a mental hospital in rural Ireland. These examples show an intimate relationship between a discourse of economics and a discourse of rationality that can also be discovered in sources connected to the history of Ireland's mental hospital system. Using these and other connections, I argue that the distinctive utilitarian rationality associated with modernity, as well as reactions to it, can be promulgated and maintained at a local level through means other than economic markets. At the same time, I explain how the mental hospital now has a place within a local moral world. These two insights provide a novel perspective on a venerable debate in social scientific work on Ireland (and, by implication, many other peripheral areas of the global economy), that is, if, how, and in what respects the place has "modernized." [asylums, Ireland, rationality, modernization, commodity logic]

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Producing Persons; Developing Institutions; Rural Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 8387
    Depositing User: Dr. A. Jamie Saris
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 12:23
    Journal or Publication Title: American Ethnologist
    Publisher: American Anthropological Association
    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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