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The Form, Aspect, and Definition of Anglo-Saxon Identity A study of Medieval British words, deeds, and things

Abstract In this dissertation I argue that medieval peoples used a different style of identity from those applied to them by later scholarship and question the relevance of applying modern terms for identity groups (e.g., ethnicity or nationality) to the description of medieval social units. I propose we think of identity as a social construct comprised of three articulating facets, which I call: form, aspect, and definition. The form of identity is its manifestation in behavior and symbolic markers; its aspect is the perception of these forms by people; and its definition is the combination of these perceptions into a social category. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, I examine each facet individually before synthesizing the results. I study th... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Roberts, Christopher Matthew (Author) / Hegmon, Michelle (Advisor) / Bjork, Robert (Advisor) / Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Committee member) / Wicker, Nancy (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Medieval history / Archaeology / Medieval literature / Anglo-Saxon identity / early Medieval Britatin / Medieval Art / Old English linguistics / Old English literature / social identity
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 264 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Anthropology 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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