Notes by Sir Tony Wrigley, President of the British Academy, for the July-December 2000 issue of the [British Academy] Review.
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Published in Review, July-December 2000.
Professor J.E.S. Hayward FBA, Chairman of the Academy’s China Panel, reflects on a stimulating conference held in November 2000 under the aegis of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
On 14–15 September 2000 the British Academy organized a conference on how Economic and Monetary Union is affecting European states. The conference covered epistemological and methodological problems in studying these effects. It also considered ‘top-down’ effects from the EU level, how different states responded to EMU and sought to reshape its development, and sectoral effects on labour markets, welfare states and financial market regulation. Professor Kenneth Dyson FBA, the organizer of the conference, reflects on some of the issues.
Dr Mark Harris, Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, uses two forms of ethnographic writing to explore the historical and social identity of a village of fisherpeople who live in Parú on the banks of the Amazon. He intersperses analytical chapters with narrative sections that describe more freely what people do and how they do it. In these edited extracts, he considers the importance of kinship.