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Minding the Gaps: Exploring the intersection of political economies, colonial ideologies, and cultural practices in early modern Ireland.

Author(s): Audrey Horning

Year: 2016

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Examinations of the imposition of colonial ideologies actualised through the mechanism of plantation, or enforced settlement, in Ireland often highlight plantation as a stark process that was founded upon, and thus fully accommodated to, a fully-fledged version of mercantile capitalism. Yet on the ground, engagements between peoples reveal that ideologies were incompletely applied, plantation plans seldom realised, and new economic formulations incompletely rendered. On close examination, seemingly incompatible economic structures (Gaelic, Old English, and incoming plantation) emerge as capable of mutation and accommodation, thus forcing a reconsideration of the rigid interpretations of the rise of capitalism in the early modern Atlantic that has typified scholarship in historical archaeology. In this paper, I examine the gaps between rhetoric and reality, and contemplate how a more nuanced consideration of the intersections of culturally disparate political economies can yield a deeper understanding of colonial encounters and colonial settings.


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Minding the Gaps: Exploring the intersection of political economies, colonial ideologies, and cultural practices in early modern Ireland.. Audrey Horning. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434451)


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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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PaperId(s): 505

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