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Michael J. Simonton

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 71: Europe: Past and Present

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Europe: Past and Present
Europe: Past and present

Often European studies are considered to be within the province of history, sociology, art, or political science-certainly not anthropology. But as early as the 1920s, Robert Redfield's student, Charlotte Gower Chapman, conducted a community study in Sicily. Some of the classic ethnographies in anthropology were conducted in Europe. Indeed, one of the seminal community studies was conducted by Conrad M. Arensberg and Solon T. Kimball in Ireland in the 1930s, published in 1941 as Family and Community in Ireland (1941/1974) and as Arensberg's The Irish Countryman (1937/1968), still is in print and is used as a teaching ethnography today. We would argue that the European culture area is as worthy of study as any other culture area, and ...

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