The Genealogy Craze: Authoring an Authentic Identity through Family History Research

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Ashley Barnwell, “The Genealogy Craze: Authoring an Authentic Identity through Family History Research,” Portail documentaire EnJeu[x], consulté le 26 juin 2019, https://collections.enfance-jeunesse.fr/items/show/1578.

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Statut du documentPublic
TitreThe Genealogy Craze: Authoring an Authentic Identity through Family History Research
CréateurAshley Barnwell
Date2013
Langueen
TypeJournal Article
AuthorAshley Barnwell
Type de contenuJournal Article
DOI10.1080/14484528.2013.802198
ISSN1448-4528
Abstract NoteAs the second most popular use of the internet, genealogy or family history research has become and is continuing to grow as a widespread, investigative life-writing practice. More than a benign hobby practised in the dusty basements of public archives and libraries, genealogy research is engaged in asking provocative questions about identity, authenticity, history, responsibility, and belonging. However, despite the significant interest in popular genealogy research there has been little academic writing devoted to exploring and analysing the pursuit. Julia Watson's 1996 call to question whether genealogy and autobiography are 'incompatible frames of reference' has gone mostly unheard (316). Surveying texts such as Tom Hayden's memoir Irish on the Inside: In Search of the Soul of Irish America (2001) and Bryan Sykes' history/mythology Blood of the Isles: Exploring the Genetic Roots of our Tribal History (2006), this interdisciplinary essay seeks to remedy such an absence, by framing genealogical research as an identity-forming intervention into the political present.
Date2013
ExtraWOS:000330395400002
Issue3
Journal AbbreviationLife Writ.
Langueen
Library CatalogWeb of Science
Pages261-275
Publication TitleLife Writing
Short TitleThe Genealogy Craze
TitreThe Genealogy Craze: Authoring an Authentic Identity through Family History Research
Volume10

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