Seas of Connection: The Irish-Italian Comparison In Understanding The Marginal State

Author(s): Nicholas P. Ames

Year: 2018


This paper focuses on the similarities of marginal development and population movement between 19th and early 20th century communities in Western Ireland and Southern Italy. Focusing specifically on the local development of historically marginalized communities in South-West Co. Mayo, Ireland against that of the San Pasquale Valley in Calabria, Italy, this paper investigates narratives of state-sponsored marginalization in these two disparate locations, and traces the entanglements between increasingly trans-oceanic communities within Italy, Ireland, and the U.S. Specifically, this paper investigates community formation overtime, local strategies of economic and social resilience employed in response to a changing social and political-scape, and means of local resistance to regional and national change. Using a mixed methods approach of field survey data, historical records, and personal interviews, I investigate the ways in which marginality is constructed, resisted, and influential in shaping the narratives, practices, and experiences of community at different scales across the globe. 

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Seas of Connection: The Irish-Italian Comparison In Understanding The Marginal State. Nicholas P. Ames. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441361)


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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 999