A Tale of Two Hamlets: Emergence of the Carnivalesque at the Keady Market


  • Phil Henderson University of Victoria


The Keady Farmer’s Market is an uneasy hybridity of flea market, livestock sale, and farmers’
market. A weekly occasion in the small Ontario hamlet, the Market is also a site of ethnography; offering up a rich field of study, with windows into the realities of collectivity, capitalism, and race relations. This paper, not so much a critique as an attempt at critical understanding of the event, seeks uncover what aspects of self, culture, and society can be understood through a critical assessment of the Keady Market. Interpreted through a marrying of the academic literature on Bakhtin's carnivalesque and the literature of farmers’ markets, vignettes of the author’s personal experiences of the Market serve as points of entry into a discussion of the politics at play in this festive occasion.

Author Biography

Phil Henderson, University of Victoria

Phil Henderson has recently graduated with distinction from the University of Western Ontario with a BA (Hons.) in Political Science. This fall he begins graduate studies at the University of Victoria in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought program. Henderson's overarching project is a critique of identity and meaning, and he takes a particular interest in technological affect. He can be reached at philhend@uvic.ca .


How to Cite

Henderson, P. (2016). A Tale of Two Hamlets: Emergence of the Carnivalesque at the Keady Market. Journal of Narrative Politics, 1(1). Retrieved from https://jnp.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/default/article/view/9