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Family and land in the West of Ireland

Curtin, Christopher A.


Christopher A. Curtin


Colin, 1940 Creighton


[From the introduction]:
This thesis is about families and land in the West of Ireland. More precisely, treating land as a basic resource, it examines the social relationships which spring up around it; how land is acquired, utilized, valued, competed for, hoarded, bought and sold are central issues in the thesis. These issues are explored against the background of a small rural community in South Mayo. The thesis is an ethnographic statement, a picture of people in action at one point in time. It is not a 'community study', but it uses a community as a setting or location for the exploration of problems of wider relevance. While the concepts used are drawn largely from sociology and social anthropology, the thesis straddles several academic fences into the domains of the economist, the social historian and the geographer.


Curtin, C. A. (1978). Family and land in the West of Ireland. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Mar 6, 2013
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2023
Keywords Sociology
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Additional Information Department of Sociology, The University of Hull
Award Date Apr 1, 1978


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