The Anthropologist as Critical Historian: Some Problems in the Ethnography of Celano (Italy)
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This chapter aims to illustrate a particular case in which anthropological investigation was used to provide a critical adjunct to established historical formulations. The case at issue deals with fairly recent situations and events, recent enough that living memory and current social process have direct bearing, so making it possible to devise an anthropological critique of the positions expressed in written histories. The chief techniques of investigation adopted, as described in the final section, were the documentation and analysis of narrative material, family histories, and landholding patterns. The results yielded were often in surprising contrast with interpretations advanced in histories written on the area.
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