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Bringing It All Back Home: The Archaeology of Diasporic Homelands

Author(s): Stephen A. Brighton

Year: 2015

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In the context of modern history, diaspora is traditionally defined as a reluctant scattering of a large number of people to two or more international locations.  Most studies in the social sciences and humanities have concentrated efforts towards understanding how new experiences and contacts have shaped diasporic groups once away from their homelands. In essence, most studies are structured by the culture continuity/cultural change dynamic in new places of settlement. The established focus of diasporic studies represents a portion of the whole and neglects the study of continued social, political, and economic impacts of diaspora on those who did not or could not leave their homeland. The work presented here discusses the Irish Diaspora in terms of the homeland through the author’s initial work in Skibbereen, County Cork on cabin clusters belonging to various economic classes ranging in date between 1750 and 1930.

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Bringing It All Back Home: The Archaeology of Diasporic Homelands. Stephen A. Brighton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433825)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 352

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America