Minding the Gaps: Exploring the intersection of political economy, colonial ideologies, and cultural practice in early modern Ireland

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Abstract

Examinations of the imposition of colonial ideologies actualised through the mechanism of plantation, or enforced settlement, in Ireland often highlight plantation as a stark process that was founded upon, and thus fully accommodated to, a fully-fledged version of mercantile capitalism. Yet on the ground, engagements between peoples reveal that ideologies were incompletely applied, plantation plans seldom realised, and new economic formulations incompletely rendered. On close examination, seemingly incompatible economic structures (Gaelic, Old English, and incoming plantation) emerge as capable of mutation and accommodation, thus forcing a reconsideration of the rigid interpretations of the rise of capitalism in the early modern Atlantic that has typified scholarship in historical archaeology. The gaps between rhetoric and reality are considered, and a case made for how a more nuanced consideration of the intersections of culturally disparate political economies can yield a deeper understanding of colonial encounters and colonial settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-20
JournalPost-Medieval Archaeology
Volume52
Issue number2
Early online date19 Jul 2018
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Publication statusEarly online date - 19 Jul 2018

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