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CSAHS Researcher Profile:
I am a social anthropologist with graduate degrees from McMaster Univerity (M.A.) and McGill University (PhD.). My long term ethnographic interests have been with Canadian Aboriginal peoples, especially concerning the Ojibwa or Anishenabe peoples living north of Lake Superior. Research in this area involved living in a remote community without cars, roads or electricity.The Aboriginal people spoke their Native language and for the most part continued to hunt and fish in the traditional subsitence pattern.My research was conducted from a small log cabin which I heated with a wood stove.In all, I eventually wrote three books on various aspects of Aboriginal life in Canada. More recently my research interests have shifted to the Irish, especailly focusing on two areas: first, how the contemporary Irish in rural Donegal are coping with their association with the European Union, and second, an historical study of an Irish farming community in the Ottawa Valley after the Great Famine.Currently I am writing a book on Irish farmers in Renfrew County from 1851-1881.
Canadian Aboriginal Peoples, Applied Anthropology, Ireland and Contemporary Globalization Issues, Irish Historical Ethnography.
2013 Ipperwash: The Tragic Failure of Canada’s Aboriginal Policy: Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
2012 Social Anthropology: Canadian Perspectives on Culture and Society. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
2008 Applied Anthropology in Canada: Understanding Aboriginal Issues.2nd edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
2001 Up in Nipigon Country: Anthropology as a Personal Experience. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
1986 The Ogoki River Guides: Emergent Leadership Among the Northern Ojibwa. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
In press Eurocentrism in Aboriginal Studies: A Review of Issues and Conceptual Problems. Canadian Journal of Native Studies 34 (2).
2012 Policing Aboriginal Protests and Confrontations: Some Policy Recommendations. The International Indigenous Policy Journal 3 (2): 1-17.
2009 Ways of Knowing in Anthropology: Alexandre Chayanov and the Perils of ‘Dutiful Empericism.’ History and Anthropology 20 (4): 419-433.
2008 The Ipperwash Inquiry and the Tragic Death of Dudley George. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 28 (1): 159-173.
2006a What Determines Family Size? Irish Farming Families in Nineteenth-Century Ontario. Journal of Family History 31 (4): 315-334.
2006b Understanding Emotional Experience in Fieldwork: Responding to Grief in a Northern Aboriginal Village. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 5 (1): 1-8.
2005 The Ottawa Valley Irish after the Great Famine, 1851-1881. Re-thinking the Stem Family Debate. Northeast Anthropology 69: 87-107.
2003 Irish Farming Households in Eastern Canada: Domestic Production and Family Size. Ethnology 42 (1): 15-37.