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The anthropology of Catalonia – a few refs

May 3, 2010

As I prepare for fieldwork on social media activism in Barcelona, Saul Mercado (Vassar College) has kindly recommended me the following titles on the anthropology of Catalonia:

Frekko, Susan. 2009. Normal in Catalonia.  In Language and Society 38:71-93.

Hargreaves, John.  2000.  Freedom for Catalonia? Cambridge: CUP.

Noyes, Dorothy. 2003.  Fire in the Placa.  Phil.:Univ. PA Press.

Woolard, Kathryn.  1989.  Double-Talk.  Stanford: SUP.

Woolard, Kathryn.  2008.  Language and Identity Choice in Catalonia.

Hargreaves, John.  2000.  Freedom for Catalonia? Cambridge: CUP.

Any further suggestions?

Update 11 May 2010: Laitin, David and Guadalupe Rodriguez Gomez. 1992. Language, ideology and the press in Catalonia. American Anthropologist 94(1): 9-30.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2010 5:00 pm

    Hi John,

    Thanks for sharing these references. I’m looking at Catalan nationalist identity for my PhD thesis as well as some aspects of technologically mediated local/banal activism in Catalonia. Here are some general resources I’d add to the list:

    GINER, S. 1984. The Social Structure Of Catalonia. The Anglo-Catalan Society Occasional Publications: University of Sheffield.

    GUIBERNAU, M. 2004. Catalan Nationalism: Francoism, transition and democracy. London: Routledge.

    PI-SUNYER, O. 1987. “Town, Country, and Nation: Studying Culture and Politics in Catalonia”, Anthropological Quarterly, 60(4): 167-173.

    And, of course, Juris’ ‘Networking Futures’ (2008), on which you’ve already posted some detailed chapter notes.


  2. Fran permalink
    May 3, 2010 5:31 pm

    I forgot to mention in my last comment that the Frekko article is in ‘Language in Society’ (not Language and Society)

  3. David Marsden permalink
    May 3, 2010 6:15 pm

    Not directly related to use of media, but an interesting study:

    Peter Sahlins, “Boundaries; the making of France & Spain in the Pyrenees”, University of California Press, 1989


  4. May 3, 2010 7:57 pm

    Thanks both for those intriguing additions! By the way, anything of interest published in Spanish, Catalan or French?

  5. May 3, 2010 11:00 pm

    Fran, apropos local/banal activism in Catalonia – have you published any of papers or articles from your doctoral work?

    • Fran permalink
      May 4, 2010 12:48 am

      Not yet, but I’m working on it …

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