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Douglass, William A.

Social antropologist

William Anthony Douglass (1939, Reno) studied at the University of Nevada,  Complutense University of Madrid, University of Oslo, University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago. In 1967 he obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He encouraged the foundation of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno, and was the centre's coordinator until his retirement in 2000.

From 1963 onwards, Douglass conducted several years of fieldwork in the Basque Country, particularly in Etxalar (Navarre) and Aulestia (Biscay). He also researched Basque presence in West America, several Latin American countries and Australia. In addition, he conducted anthropological research in the south of Italy and on topics relating to identity and terrorism.

His books include: Death in Murelaga: the social significance of funerary ritual in a Spanish Basque village (1969), Echalar and Murelaga: opportunity and rural depopulation in two Spanish Basque villages (1973), Amerikanuak: Basques in the New World (with Jon Bilbao, 1975), Beltran: Basque sheepman of the American West (with Beltran Paris, 1979), Emigration in a south Italian hill town: an anthropological history (1984), Basque sheepherders of the American West (with Richard H. Lane, 1985), From Italy to Ingham: Italians in North Queensland (1995), Terror and taboo: the follies, fables and faces of terrorism (with Joseba Zulaika, 1996), Azúcar amargo: vida y fortuna de los cortadores de cana italianos y vascos en la Australia tropical (1996), and La vasconia global: ensayos sobre las diásporas vascas (2004).

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