Life on the Edge: Past and Present Perceptions of People on the Margins

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  • Consumerism on the Margins: Shop Ledgers and Materialized Social Status in Coastal Co. Galway, Ireland. (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Meredith S Chesson. Sara Morrow. Erin Gibbons.

    In contrast to the marginality ascribed to Western Ireland during the 19th and 20th centuries, islanders’ and coastal mainlanders’ participated in transnational trade networks expressed through everyday material decision-making, seasonal and intermittent international interactions, and ideologies of social status. Historically, coastal communities in Western Ireland have been characterized as marginalized and geographically isolated from participation in mainstream consumerism and national and...

  • Creative Continuity:Tradition and Community Reproduction on the Margins of Western Ireland (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ryan Lash.

    Local pilgrimage or an turas traditions in western Ireland provide a valuable opportunity to critique and nuance the common association of geographically marginal communities with cultural stasis. Emerging archaeological evidence suggests that modern pilgrims not only re-used older monuments, but also reproduced certain patterns of movement and memory initially developed for monastic liturgies in the early medieval period (c. 400-1100 CE). Such apparent long-term continuities of practice evoke...

  • Formalizing Marginality: Comparative Perspectives On The 19th Century Irish Home (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Nicholas P Ames. Ian Kuijt.

    The construction of a house can be as much an expression of localized identity as the items contained within. Whether individualized or based on a common layout, these foundations of the "home" play a role in materializing the larger narratives occuring within a society. One of these narratives revolves around the representation of economic "cores" verses "margins" through built space. An example of this dichotomy is the introduction of the Congested District Board standard for housing into the...

  • Meaningful Choices: An Archaeology of Selective Engagement on the 19th Century Irish Coast (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Meagan K Conway.

    This research explores the nature of marginality on the periphery of the British Empire.  The edges of empires are shifting, culturally-negotiated borders with the capacity to disclose important information about social networks and cultural change.  Households in these places are subject to transnational processes and make choices which demonstrate the presence and connections with broader global networks of economic and social access.  This project focuses on the ramifications of national...

  • The Price of Death: Materiality and Economy of 19th and 20th Century Funeral Wakes on the Periphery of Western Ireland. (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sara Morrow. Ian Kuijt.

    What is the price of death?  Funeral wakes, at the intersection of religion, community, and material consumption, are one way to consider the connotation of marginal communities as representing national and local traditions and historic identity. The coastal islands of rural western Ireland have historically been presented as culturally isolated, economically disadvantaged, and geographically inaccessible. In the Western region, religious and local traditions surrounding death have been...

  • Working on the Edge, Dealing with the Core: Emic and Etic perspectives on Island Heritage (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Katherine E Shakour. Ian Kuijt.

    Heritage is a relative concept. Perceptions of the value and importance of heritage, both tangible and intangible, is fluid, changing and contextually dependent. Stakeholders have various views on definitions of the past, the cultural and historical relevance of people places and objects, and the extent to which this should be shared when creating multivocal histories. Research on Inishark and Inishbofin, Co. Galway, Ireland, two islands five miles into the Atlantic Ocean, explain the...