Chapter

The Inquiry

John W. Cole and Eric R. Wolf

in The Hidden Frontier

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780520216815
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520216815.003.0001
The Inquiry

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This book deals with two small villages located on the high alpine rim of northern Italy. It describes and explains the interplay between microcosm and macrocosm, between peasant settlement and an expanding market, between community and more inclusive polity. Every study has a history and develops its own characteristic problems and solutions. This chapter addresses the considerations that brought the study to the high alpine villages of St. Felix and Tret in the upper reaches of the valley of Anaunia, and details the manner in which the study was carried out. The two villages lie next to each other, but are separated by provincial boundaries: German-speaking St. Felix today forms part of the Italian Province of Bozen or Bolzano, officially designated as Alto Adige or Tiroler Etschland; Romance-speaking Tret, its neighbor, belongs to the Province of Trento or Trentino.

Keywords: northern Italy; alpine villages; St. Felix; Tret; Anaunia; German-speaking

Chapter.  8886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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