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Packy Jim : Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border (Hardcover) (Ray Cashman)

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Cashman offers an ethnography of the folklore at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, based on extended interviews with octogenarian Packy Jim McGrath. The author begins with a summary of his own ethnographic approach, then proceeds to try and address themes of interest one chapter at a time. He examines the construction of self through life experience, ambivalence toward authority and rules, politics on the border, understanding through poetry and fiction, landscape as symbolism and mnemonic, the sense of place being both physical and spiritual, the synthesis of local myth with Catholic scripture, evil in the modern world, and finally draws connections between these topics to sketch out an overall "folk" worldview. He ends by critically questioning the use of the word "folklore," acknowledging both its usefulness as an academic category and its relative disuse as a label among those who keep it alive. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 307
Genre: Social Science, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Author: Ray Cashman
Language: English
Street Date: August 30, 2016
TCIN: 51719405
UPC: 9780299308902
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-4326
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