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The Hard People : Rivalry, Sympathy and Social Structure in an Alpine Valley - Patrick Heady

The Hard People

Rivalry, Sympathy and Social Structure in an Alpine Valley

Hardcover Published: 23rd April 1999
ISBN: 9789057023415
Number Of Pages: 254

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This volume looks at a central sociological problem - the reconciliation of individual self-interest and social solidarity -through the eyes of villagers in the east Italian Alps. It shows how local conceptions of envy, personal strength, mutual sympathy, and self-sacrifice interact with ideas about language and communications, properties, kinship, and natural forces. Village ritual evokes these conceptions to represent a social system based on age-group solidarity and exchange between the generations, and to link village unity with images of church and state power. Heady draws on both participants observation and interviews with older informants to trace the effects of recent exogenous technological and institutional changes and the way local people have responded to them. His findings relate to such themes of recent history as nationalism, regionalism, and anti-clericalism; and contribute to the theoretical debate on the relevance of structuralist anthropology to European societies.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Note on Language, Typeface and Spellingp. xiii
Mapsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The Practical Organisation of Village Lifep. 25
Rivalry and Cohesion: Envy, Sympathy and Divergent Fortunesp. 49
Communication, Strength and Boundariesp. 75
Property, Work and Sacrificep. 103
Marriage and Village Unityp. 131
Social Relationships and Nature Symbolismp. 151
Stability and Change: Carnian Society as a Feedback Mechanismp. 175
Regional Identity and Nationalismp. 201
Conclusionp. 227
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9789057023415
ISBN-10: 9057023415
Series: Studies in Anthropology and History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 23rd April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1