Corsican Fragments

Corsican Fragments

Difference, Knowledge, and Fieldwork
Matei Candea
Distribution: Global
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.

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“Corsica has long been a popular destination for travelers in search of exotic Europe, but it has also been a focus of French concern about national unity. Today, it is part of a vibrant Franco-Mediterranean universe. This evocative ethnographic study of a Corsican village provides new insights into the dilemmas of understanding cultural difference and the difficulties and rewards of fieldwork.”

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

“Corsica has long been a destination of otherness . . . anthropologists in search of cultural difference within a perceived European tradition. Matei Candea presents this book situated in Corsica as an exploration of anthropological ways of coming to grips with the fragmentary knowledge gained from fieldwork in a region long preoccupied with its disputed identities.March 2014”
 — American Anthropologist

“[A] stimulating and eloquently written book that highlights, with subtle examples, the complex interplay between fixity and fluidity in discourses and practices of identification. ”
 — Anthropos

“It is hard to let go of this book, if only because its structure will lead many readers from the very last page back to the beginning again to contemplate anew what they have just read. ”
 — H-France

“In Corsican Fragments, Matei Candea takes the theoretical problematic of difference to motivate a set of ethnographic questions and challenges related to both the context of life in a village on the island and the process of fieldwork and ‘enfielding’ of the author. . . 20.1 Feb. 2012”
 — Social Anthropology

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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