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Bryonny Goodwin
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I completed my MA(Hons) in 2006 with a historical-anthropological thesis exploring male homosociality in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.

I am currently working on a proposal for doctoral research and will shortly be tutoring on an introduction to social anthro course.

My very broad interests are masculinities, (post)colonialism, integrating historical anthropology with contemporary fieldwork, craft and tradition revivals, self-sufficient and back-to-the-land movements, utopia and utopian thought, anti-capitalism and critiques of modernity.

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At 1:30pm on July 5, 2009, Richard Irvine said…
Hello. Yes, I am indeed the person who studies monks/ monasteries. In terms of relationship to the past, I think the key concept here is the vow of stability. Commitment to a particular place and perseverance within a particular (pre-existing) local community. On the walls of the refectory are portraits of past abbots and other historically significant members of the monastic household; ancestors whose contributions of the community still loom large, whose writings are still studied and referred to, whose personalities are still subjects of conversation. And this stability is also visible in the monastic cemetery on the monastery grounds. At the end of the life cycle, monks are buried in this place they have made a vow of stability to, and row after row of black cast iron crosses form a massed community with the deceased. So even in death these monks belong to the community, and stability continues even when the life of the individual monk is at an end. So the dead and the past are always a part of the social life of the monastery. Not sure how much that conjures up overlaps, but I suspect in any social unit where the endurance of that unit over time is a key issue, these kinds of social relations through time are an important feature.

Incidentally, I'm also have another line of interest in your fieldsite, as in the past, I used to work on Gibraltar, so I have a continuing interest in British colonial relations.
 
 
 

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