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A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe

Ullrich Kockel (Editor), Máiread Nic Craith (Editor), Jonas Frykman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-11162-7
624 pages
December 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe offers a survey of contemporary Europeanist anthropology and European ethnology, and a guide to emerging trends in this geographical field of research. Providing a synthesis of the different traditions and contemporary approaches, the book is both thematic and fully cross-European in its approach.
  • Provides an authoritative guide for researchers, instructors and students of anthropology and European studies
  • Discusses important emerging trends in this broadening field of research
  • Includes established names and rising stars who will shape the discipline in years to come
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

1 Introduction: The Frontiers of Europe and European Ethnology 1
Ullrich Kockel, Máiréad Nic Craith, and Jonas Frykman

Part I Europe’s Cardinal Directions 11

2 The Anthropology of Mediterranean Societies 13
Christian Giordano

3 Nordic Reflections on Northern Social Research 32
Hugh Beach

4 Multiculturalism in North America and Europe 51
Reginald Byron

5 Anthropology in Postsocialist Europe 68
Micha³ Buchowski

6 Europe in Eurasia 88
Chris Hann

7 Mitteleuropean Ethnology in Transition 103
Gabriela Kiliánová

Part II European Integration 123

8 Anthropological Studies of European Identity Construction 125
Lisanne Wilken

9 Memory, Citizenship, and Consumer Culture in Postsocialist Europe 145
Ksenija Vidmar Horvat

10 The Europe of Regions and Borderlands 163
Thomas M. Wilson

11 Citizenship(s) in European Contexts 181
Catherine Neveu and Elena Filippova

12 Local Practices of European Identity on the New Eastern Borders of the EU 199
Justyna Straczuk

13 European Politics, Policies, and Institutions 212
Marion Demossier

Part III European Heritages 231

14 Presencing Europe’s Pasts 233
Sharon Macdonald

15 An Anthropology of War and Recovery: Lived War Experiences 253
Maja Povrzanovic´ Frykman

16 European Religious Fragmentation and the Rise of Civil Religion 275
Peter Jan Margry

17 Studying Muslims of Europe 295
Gabriele Marranci

18 Roma and Sinti: The “Other” within Europe 310
Sabrina Kopf

19 Landscape, Landscape History, and Landscape Theory 322
Norbert Fischer

Part IV Cultural Practice 337

20 European Tourism 339
Orvar Löfgren

21 The Diversity of European Food Cultures 355
Gisela Welz

22 Language, Power, and Politics in Europe 373
Máiréad Nic Craith

23 Europe at the Crossroads of Rights and Culture(s) 389
Valdimar Tr. Hafstein and Martin Skrydstrup

24 Corporate Social Responsibility and Cultural Practices on Globalizing Markets 407
Christina Garsten

25 Extreme Neo-nationalist Music Scenes at the Heart of Europe 425
David Murphy

26 Anthropological Perspectives on the European Urban Landscape 440
Christiane Schwab

Part V Disciplinary Boundary Crossings 457

27 Medical Anthropology and Anthropological Studies of Science 459
Maryon McDonald

28 Uses of the Internet in European Ethnographic Research 480
Elisenda Ardévol and Adolfo Estalella

29 Visual Culture, Ethnography, and Interactive Media 497
Terence Wright

30 Hybrid Worlds of Europe: Theoretical and Practical Aspects 519
Elka Tschernokoshewa

31 An Anthropological Perspective on Literary Arts in Ireland 537
Helena Wulff

32 Toward an Ethnoecology of Place and Displacement 551
Ullrich Kockel

33 A Tale of Two Disciplines: European Ethnology and the Anthropology of Europe 572
Jonas Frykman

Index 590

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Author Information

Ullrich Kockel is Professor of Ethnology at the University of Ulster and an Academician of the UK’s Academy of the Social Sciences. His recent publications include Culture and Economy: Contemporary Perspectives (edited, 2002), and Re-Visioning Europe: Frontiers, Place Identities and Journeys in Debatable Lands (2010). He has been elected President of the Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (2008-11), and is currently editor of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures.

Máiréad Nic Craith is Professor of European Culture and Society at the University of Ulster. She is the author ofPlural Identities, Singular Narratives: The Case of Northern Ireland (2002) which was joint winner of the 2004 Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife, Culture and Identity Politics in Northern Ireland (2003), Europe and the Politics of Language (2006), and Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights (co-edited, 2010).

Jonas Frykman is Professor of European Ethnology at Lund University. His publications include Identities in Pain (with Nadia Seremitakis, 1997), Articulating Europe: Local Perspectives (with Peter Niedermüller, 2003), and Sense of Community: Trust Hope and Worries in the Welfare State (with Bo Rothstein et al, 2009).

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