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[[ Read Pdf ]] ë Village in the Vaucluse Þ Laurence Wylie s remarkably warm and human account of life in the rural French village he calls Peyrane vividly depicts the villagers themselves within the framework of a systematic description of their culture Since , when Wylie began his study of Peyrane, to which he has returned on many occasions since, France has become a primarily industrial nation and French village life has changed in many ways The third edition of this book includes a fascinating new chapter based on Wylie s observations of Peyrane since , with discussions of the Peyranais gradual assimilation into the outside world they once staunchly resisted, the flux of the village population, and the general transformation in the character of French rural communities An American anthropologist spent a year in a village in Provence in 1950, and went back to the village severaltimes until the 1970s This is a picture of a place at a moment in time, and across time It s wonderful well written, well observed, fascinating, alien, marvellous.I didn t read this for anything I mentioned to a friend that I d been to Fontaine de Vaucluse to visit Petrarch, and he recommended this to me, so I read it I d recommend it to anyone who wants to do worldbuildin An American anthropologist spent a year in a village in Provence in 1950, and went back to the village severaltimes until the 1970s This is a picture of a place at a moment in time, and across time It s wonderful well written, well observed, fascinating, alien, marvellous.I didn t read this for anything I mentioned to a friend that I d been to Fontaine de Vaucluse to visit Petrarch, and he recommended this to me, so I read it I d recommend it to anyone who wants to do worldbuilding, who wants to think about how people live and how that changes.You wouldn t think France in 1950 would be so strange, such another world But you can learn a lot from the way it is I m near the end of this book which I selected specifically because my partner and I will be traveling to France and staying in a village in the Vauclusein the Luberonnes area of Provence The book was touted as something that would provide a picture of the people in that area, described by the author who is a professor of the Civilization of France at Harvard, who lived in Peyrane for a year with his family The book was somewhat enjoyable and touched upon many aspects of the life and li I m near the end of this book which I selected specifically because my partner and I will be traveling to France and staying in a village in the Vauclusein the Luberonnes area of Provence The book was touted as something that would provide a picture of the people in that area, described by the author who is a professor of the Civilization of France at Harvard, who lived in Peyrane for a year with his family The book was somewhat enjoyable and touched upon many aspects of the life and lives in Peyrane, now called Peyre The book is dated, however Copyright was 1957, and the book would have beenenjoyable for me, I think, had it reflectedcurrent impressions of life in the French village.I finished this book just before we went to visit our friend in the Luberon area While we were there, I told our friend about the book, she expressed interest in reading it, and so I left it with her She later told me it had been a very enjoyable read for her She especially liked reading about the 1950 s era townspeople in Roussillon a classic study still worth readingWhen I was a graduate student, many years ago, I read this ethnography as I prepared to do my own anthropology field work in India Wylie s study of a French town impressed me deeply as detailed, well organized, and excellently written I particularly liked the way he allowed many people to speak and I appreciated the sympathy with which he viewed their lives He underlined the variations found within the community, not trying to create a false picture of some a classic study still worth readingWhen I was a graduate student, many years ago, I read this ethnography as I prepared to do my own anthropology field work in India Wylie s study of a French town impressed me deeply as detailed, well organized, and excellently written I particularly liked the way he allowed many people to speak and I appreciated the sympathy with which he viewed their lives He underlined the variations found within the community, not trying to create a false picture of some generalized French culture Unusually for the period, he didn t hide behind academic objectivity and so put himself in the picture a number of times VILLAGE IN THE VAUCLUSE, along with Blythe s Akenfield , Whyte s Street Corner Society , Kozol s Death at an Early Age and the several works of Oscar Lewis inspired me to try to write readable anthropology I have not been entirely successful measured by these excellent works Nevertheless, even though the research for VitV was done in the early 1950s with a little updating at periods since and France, like every other part of the world, has changed immeasurably since then Rousillon, the village concerned, has doubled in population and is now dependent wholly on tourism while it used to be supported by agriculture and ochre mining, though young people already had to leave town to find any other line of work , I strongly recommend this book as 1 an example of how powerful good anthropology can be, 2 a work on the social history of France, and 3 an example or guide to doing field work without cluttering it up with jargon that will fade and die in a few years, leaving your book to shrivel on the deserted beach of academic fads VILLAGE IN THE VAUCLUSE is one of the classic works of European anthropology and should be on your reading list if you are interested in that area