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International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 529–546 | Cite as

Fishing for Modernity: How Material Relationships can Mediate Tensions in an Immigrant Community, The Case of the Icelandic Emigration to Canada in the late Nineteenth Century

  • Ágústa Edwald
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Abstract

In the late nineteenth century, a high percentage of the Icelandic population emigrated to North America. In this article I bring to the fore two interrelated sites of tension in the emigrants’ lives centered on the concepts of ethnicity and modernity. I will suggest that an analysis on how these tensions were mediated through material practices may be a fruitful way to provide a new understanding of the processes of emigration and cultural change, which aids movement away from dichotomous categories that have dominated previous research into the period.

Keywords

Migration Modernity Ethnicity Nineteenth-century Iceland New-Iceland Manitoba 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This ideas presented in this paper stem from my doctoral research at the Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen. The research is funded by the Collage of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Fornleifasjóður Íslands, The Government of Canada, The Scottish International Education Trust and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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