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Echanges épistolaires Echanges épistolaires en anthropologie : l'enquête Harvard-Irlande/ Letters in anthropological research: the Harvard-Irish Survey (1930-1936)
Byrne, Anne
This article examines a selection of the professional and private letters associated with the social anthropology strand of the Harvard-Irish Survey (1930-1936). These research letters contribute to the historiography of the first visit to Europe in the 1930s of an American team of anthropologists and archaeologists engaged in a multi-disciplinary study of a 'modern' society. How letters are deployed, who writes to whom, what is relayed, requested or refused reveals the deployment of a novel research strategy by anthropologists Arensberg and Kimball. Letters to and from research informants reveal not only the anthropologists' requests but informant voices, perspectives and practices - material that informs ethnographic observations on Irish town and country life. The complexities of informant-researcher relationships are also highlighted. A narrative approach to the analysis of research letters is introduced.
Keyword(s): Arensberg and Kimball; Ireland; Letter; Research informant; Political Science & Sociology
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: NUI Galway
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2015-11-10 09:22:04 Last Updated: 2019-09-20 06:23:42