Corsican Fragments

Difference, Knowledge, and Fieldwork

by Matei Candea

Published by: Indiana University Press

216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.60 in, 5 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253221933
  • Published: July 2010


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  • 9780253004536
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The island of Corsica has long been a popular destination for travelers in search of the European exotic, but it has also been a focus of French concerns about national unity and identity. Today, Corsica is part of a vibrant Franco-Mediterranean social universe. Starting from an ethnographic study in a Corsican village, Corsican Fragments explores nationalism, language, kinship, and place, as well as popular discourses and concerns about violence, migration, and society. Matei Candea traces ideas about inclusion and exclusion through these different realms, as Corsicans, "Continentals," tourists, and the anthropologist make and unmake connections with one another in their everyday encounters. Candea's evocative and gracefully written account provides new insights into the dilemmas of understanding cultural difference and the difficulties and rewards of fieldwork.