Arensberg, Conrad M. (Conrad Maynadier), 1910-1997. Family and community in Ireland

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Title: Family and community in Ireland

Published By: Harvard University Press. 1940. 29, 322 p. ill.

By line: By Conrad Maynadier Arensberg and Solon T. Kimball ; preface by W. Lloyd Warner

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Rural Irish (ER06)

Subjects: Family relationships (593); Occupational specialization (463); Social relationships and groups (571); Tillage (241); Status and treatment of the aged (888); Kin relationships (602); Kindreds and ramages (612); Retail marketing (443); Division of labor by gender (462);

Abstract: This is a social anthropological study of the community life and kinship system of small farmers in County Clare. Detail is given for the farm economy, marriage and family patterns, kinship structure, property and inheritance system, housing and settlement patterns, social stratification, labor exchange and employment, interpersonal relationships, public opinion and attitudes, and the nature of social and economic ties with areas outside of the farm community. It is demonstrated that the persistent decline in rural population is not due to poverty but to traditional social patterns centering on the family.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: er06-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliogrphical references

Field Date: 1932-1934

Evaluation: Ethnologists-5

Analyst: Robert Lee; 1959

Coverage Date: 1932-1934

Coverage Place: County Clare, Munster, Ireland

LCSH: Ethnology--Ireland--Clare//Families--Ireland--Clare//Community life//Social psychology//Clare (Ireland)--Social life and customs--20th century//Ennis (Ireland)--Social life and customs--20th century


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