Corsican Fragments

Corsican Fragments

Difference, Knowledge, and Fieldwork
Matei Candea
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/16/2010
Format: Paperback 5 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22193-3
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The island of Corsica has long been a popular destination for travelers in search of the European exotic, but it has also been a focus of French concerns about national unity and identity. Today, Corsica is part of a vibrant Franco-Mediterranean social universe. Starting from an ethnographic study in a Corsican village, Corsican Fragments explores nationalism, language, kinship, and place, as well as popular discourses and concerns about violence, migration, and society. Matei Candea traces ideas about inclusion and exclusion through these different realms, as Corsicans, "Continentals," tourists, and the anthropologist make and unmake connections with one another in their everyday encounters. Candea's evocative and gracefully written account provides new insights into the dilemmas of understanding cultural difference and the difficulties and rewards of fieldwork.

Author Bio

Matei Candea is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Durham University. He is editor of The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments.


“A book of extraordinary brilliance, compelling honesty and logic, and rich insight.”
 — Michael Herzfeld

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Table of Contents


Prologue: Roadmap
1. Arbitrary Location
2. Mystery
3. Place
4. Things
5. People
6. Languages
7. Knowing
8. Anonymous Introduction


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