Amazon or similar: "The Tory Islanders : people of the Celtic Fringe" Tory Island Shopping Tip by sourbugger

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Robin Fox wrote an in-depth book about the Tory islanders that is available from Amazon and 'all good bookshops' as they say (and presumbly from several crap ones as well).

The book gave rise to a debate in the academic sociology community about the meaning of community. Some said that Tory Island was a perfect example of a true community, whilst others argued people only looked after each other because of what they might gain in the future - property.

The following is the blurb about the book :

A group of Gaelic-speaking islanders located nine miles off the coast of Donegal in the extreme northwest of Ireland. Their roots go back to pre-Christian Ireland, and in their isolation they have maintained ways of life that have disappeared on the mainland and the rest of Europe. Perhaps in no other place is the archaic structure of the peasantry so well preserved - not unchanged, but ingeniously adapted to fit old customs to new uses. The book describes the history, legends, demography, genealogies, kinship, land tenure, boat crews, and household and marriage arrangements (where it was customary for many husbands and wives not to live in the same house.) In addition, Robin Fox conveys the spirit and humor of the islanders, which, he claims, represent a continuing hymn to the human capacity to survive and adapt.

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  • Updated Nov 3, 2003
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