A Venetian Island: Environment, History and Change in Burano (New Directions in Anthropology v. 8 New edition)
By: Lidia D. Sciama (author)Paperback
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Since the extensive floods of 1966, inhabitants of Venice's lagoon areas have come to share in, and reflect upon, concerns over pressing environmental problems. Evidence of damage caused by industrial pollution has contributed to the need to recover a common culture and establish a sense of continuity with 'truly Venetian traditions'. Based on ethnographic and archival data, this in-depth study of the Venetian island of Burano shows how its inhabitants develop their sense of a distinct identity on the basis of their notions of gender, honour and kinship relations, their common memories, their knowledge and love of their environment and their special skills in fishing and lace making.
Lidia D. Sciama is a former Director of The Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, now known as International Gender Studies Centre, University of Oxford, where she is currently a Senior Associate. She has lectured in England, Italy and the USA.
Foreword 1. Burano, Venice and the Lagoon 2. A Sense of History 3. Religion and Social Change 4. Kinship and Residence 5. Stratification 6. Honour and Shame in Mediterranean Anthropology 7. Burano's Lace-Making: an Honourable Craft 8. Devolution from the Grass-roots: Local Interest against Ideology Conclusions
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