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Diverging from previous ethnographic studies of Spain that have limited themselves primarily to tiny mountain villages, Gilmore focuses on class relations and traditional culture in Fuenmayor, an Andalusian farming town of 8,000, to provide a greater understanding of complex societies. Unlike studies focused on homogeneous villages, Gilmore's study depicts a rural life characterized by class antagonism, political polorization, and occasional violence. As an ethnographic study of a single community, "The People of the Plain" breaks new ground by exploring the relationship between class conflict, political regression, and traditional culture in a modern complex society. At the same time, it provides an engaging view of Andalusian rural life in the twilight of the Franco regime.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231047548
ISBN-10: 0231047541
Format: Hardback
(239mm x 165mm x 24mm)
Pages: 247
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1980
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - David D. Gilmore

David D. Gilmore is assistant professor of anthropology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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