Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Irish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5
  • Overview

    This module will introduce students to key concepts and approaches within the anthropology of Ireland, which has been moulded and shaped by multiple local and global forces. Most prominent among them are the intellectual and academic traditions of both American cultural anthropology and British social anthropology. Alterations in anthropology within Ireland are reflections of social, economic, and political change throughout the island, but they mirror changes that are transforming anthropology worldwide. This module explores Ireland as a site for the development of ethnographic approaches and methods that have been significantly influenced by American cultural anthropology and British social anthropology. It explores early field researchers in Ireland and the ethnographies they produced that became a stimulus for a subsequent generation of Europeanist anthropologists, who continue to explore issues and themes many of which were first considered in the Irish context. We will explore anthropological conceptions of religion in Ireland, and the decline of communities as a result of emigration, damaging patterns of childrearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. We will view culturally constructed concepts of race through the lens of Irish diaspora in the US and historical abolitionist sentiment in Ireland. We will focus on the construction of national identities in Northern Ireland as well as culturally determined gender roles during political protests. We will explore interpretations of Irish dance that credit it as being indicative of such varied phenomena as sexual repression, modernity, and economic prosperity. The module will introduce students to a unique island perspective within global anthropological research projects. ?

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