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by John C. Messenger

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ISBN:
003081250X
Author:
John C. Messenger
Category:
Anthropology
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English
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Holt McDougal; First U.S Edition edition (December 1969)
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160 pages
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Messenger's descriptive analysis of this closed community includes the subsistence, material culture, social, and religion/values dimensions, as well as a strong focus on folklore, Christian reinterpretations of pagan elements, music, song, and Inis Beag is a fictitious name for one of the many inhabited, rocky, barren islands of the Irish Gaeltacht.

Inis Beag (Irish: "Little Island") is a remote island off the coast of Connemara, Ireland, near the Aran Islands

Inis Beag (Irish: "Little Island") is a remote island off the coast of Connemara, Ireland, near the Aran Islands. It contains a small, isolated Irish-speaking Catholic community which cultural anthropologist John Cowan Messenger observed in the 1960s, leading to several longer treatises, including "Inis Beag: Isle of Ireland" and "Sex and Repression in an Irish Folk Community"

Inis Beag is a fictitious name for one of the many inhabited, rocky, barren islands of the Irish Gaeltacht.

Inis Beag is a fictitious name for one of the many inhabited, rocky, barren islands of the Irish Gaeltacht. Messenger's descriptive analysis of this closed community includes the subsistence, material culture, social, and religion/values dimensions, as well as a strong focus on folklore, Christian reinterpretations of pagan elements, music, song, and dance. A very human picture emerges of these islanders, folk people in almost every respect.

Messenger’s study of this community has often been cited by anthropologists and sexologists as an example of. .Long Grove: IL: Waveland Press, 1983.

Messenger’s study of this community has often been cited by anthropologists and sexologists as an example of extreme sexual repression. Inis Beag had no formal sex education, and sexual intercourse was treated by both sexes as a necessary evil which must be endured for the sake of reproduction. Phenomena such as menstruation and menopause were regarded with fear and disgust. Breast-feeding was avoided. ISBN 0-88133-051-5, OCLC 10578752. This anthropological study is written colourfully and is very descriptive in the diverse matter that it covers. It is easliy read and at the same time is an enjoyable experience.

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Informationen zum Titel Inis Beag: Isle of Ireland von John C. Messenger aus der Reihe Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology Messenger's descriptive analysis of this closed community includes the subsistence, material culture, social, and religion/values dimensions, as well as a strong focus on folklore, Christian reinterpretations of pagan elements, music, song, and dance. 20th century, Anthropology – Cultural

Based on the studies of cultural anthropologist John Cowan Messenger. Messenger, John C. Inis Beag: Isle of Ireland.

Based on the studies of cultural anthropologist John Cowan Messenger. A man of Mangaia, ca. 1784. John C. Messenger, "Sex and Repression in an Irish Folk Community", in Donald S. Marshall and Robert C. Suggs, ed. Human Sexual Behavior: Variations in the Ethnographic Spectrum, 1971. Basic Books, New York. Rethinking Polynesian Heterosexual Relationships: A Case Study on Mangaia, Cook Islands in William Jankowiak ed Romantic Passion: A Universal Experience? (1997).

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Inis Beag is a fictitious name for one of the many inhabited, rocky, barren islands of the Irish Gaeltacht. Messenger's descriptive analysis of this closed community includes the subsistence, material culture, social organization/control, and religion/values dimensions, as well as a strong focus on folklore, Christian reinterpretations of pagan elements, music, song, and dance. A very human picture emerges of these islanders, folk people in almost every respect.
  • Pettalo
Interesing
  • Umrdana
Very nice reading, historical, geographical, scientifically accurate, and has a bit of innuendo scattered throughout to make this book a must read for the college student.
  • Clever
This book is an ethnography of an Irish Island. The name Inis Beag itself is a fictitious name, resorted to for the privacy of the small population of the island. The author and his wife lived on the island for several years during the late 1950s, and this is a record of the information they learned about the island, its traditions, and its culture. The book includes chapters on the island itself (history and climate), traditional ways of making a living (agriculture, farming, and crafts), village and family structures, religion, and emigration. The book is amply illustrated with high quality black-and-white photographs. At the end of the book are a section of references and an annotated list of suggested readings. There is no index.

From Messenger's description, this is a very conservative society (or at least it was so in the late 1950s). Most of the islanders follow age-old occupations. (One interesting description was how the farmers create soil from seaweed mixed with dung.) They are subject to very tight societal controls administered by the priest and headmaster of the school. They are extremely private about sexual matters to the point that young people never receive any instruction about sex up to or even following their wedding day. Male patients are unwilling to undress in front of the island nurse. As Messenger explains "Marriage is looked on [by males] with trepidation, or at least as something less then desirable." As a result, the average age for marriage for men was 35 years, and for women, 25 years, and premarital sex is unknown. About a third of the population never marries at all. Between the aversion to taking on the responsibility of a family, and the need to emigrate for paid work, the population of the island is decreasing. Those who stay on the island are prone to feelings of depression and hypochondria. All in all, it doesn't sound like a very cheery place to live.

Messenger is very fond of statistics and quantification. He seems to have surveyed residents and quantified their answers for just about every topic. For example, when describing the importance of weather prediction skills to the islanders, he notes the existence of some 250 signals traditionally used for predicting the weather. There are 40 varieties of fish, thirty-two householders own 3-man canoes, and so on. Such statistics show Messenger's meticulous efforts at getting his fact straight, however, they can make the reading a bit dry.
  • Wohald
This anthropological study is written colourfully and is very descriptive in the diverse matter that it covers. It is easliy read and at the same time is an enjoyable experience. After spending a year of study there myself, it brought back many wonderful memories, as well as ideas for further research. It is warm and charming, as well as accessible for the college student or interested reader of Irish culture.