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The Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Italy : Essays on Perception and Communication - Peter Burke

The Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Italy

Essays on Perception and Communication

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Published: 24th April 1987
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Based on archival material from the cities of Genoa, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Naples, as well as on published sources, such as travel journals, and artistic representations, this volume presents an original view of the culture of early modern Italy. The book addresses particular themes - specifically those of perception and communication - as well as serving to exemplify modes of analysis in the currently developing field of historical anthropology. In the first part of the book, Peter Burke examines the stereotyped ways in which contemporaries perceived social groups such as saints, beggars, and working women, and shows how these stereotypes were used, consciously and unconsciously, both by the authorities and by ordinary people.

'Burke's style is deft and sure at the same time as it is erudite. He brings together deep knowledge, primary documentation, systematic analysis, dazzling insight. In the anthropological style, he often starts with a text. Like a historian, he puts that text into a context and examines how the structure, process or activity under scrutiny changes over time. The volume is well written, tells stories of human as well as scholarly interest, and analyses texts and events in lively and suggestive ways, often with a surprise ending or twist to the explanation.' Professor Louise Tilly, New School for Social Research

List of illustrations
Preface
References
Introduction
The historical anthropology of early modern Italy
The sources: outsiders and insiders
Modes of Perception
Classifying the people: the census as collective representation
The bishop's questions and the people's religion
How to be a Counter-Reformation saint
Perceiving a counter-culture
Modes of Communication
Languages and anti-languages in early modern Italy
Insult and blasphemy in early modern Italy
The uses of literacy in early modern Italy
Conspicuous consumption in seventeenth-century Italy
The presentation of self in the Renaissance portrait
Sacred rulers, royal priests: rituals of the early modern popes
The carnival of Venice
The virgin of the Carmine and the revolt of Masaniello
Rituals of healing in early modern Italy
Conclusion
The repudiation of ritual in early modern Europe
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521320412
ISBN-10: 0521320410
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 24th April 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.6