Book Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-ix

MY RESEARCH in Athens was funded by a grant from the ITT International Fellowship Foundation. I am grateful for the foundation's support. I am also grateful for the support and the guidance offered me by the staff of the American Educational Foundation in Athens, whose members were exceptionally kind and assisted me far above and far beyond what their duties warranted. I would not have been able to go to Greece at all were it not for the sponsorship of the Academy of ...

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PREFACE: TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

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pp. xi-xxiv

SIX YEARS AGO, I set out to investigate in Greece what Marshall Sahlins had already been exploring in eighteenth-century Polynesia, Renato Rosaldo among the Ilongot, and Richard Price among the Saramakas: the cultural and institutional context, the intellectual ordering, and the practical expression of a certain “historical consciousness.”1 Sahlins, Rosaldo, and Price had successfully undermined the theoretical ...

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INTRODUCTION. FOR THE TIME BEING: SOME NOTES ON THE MANNERS OF MODERN LIVES

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pp. 3-20

CONSIDER A MAN: slim, balding slightly, soft-spoken. When I encountered him, in the early autumn of 1986, he could have been no more than forty-one or forty-two years old. In Greece, he was well known. In spite of his age, he already had an established seat in the Vouli, the Parliament. Intermittently, he also ...

Part I: Reviewing Athens

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1 MODEL IMPROBABILITIES: ATHENS AT FIRST SIGHT

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pp. 23-63

"I have also thought of a model city from which I deduce all the others," Marco answered. "It is a city made only of exceptions, incongruities, contradictions. If such a city is the most improbable, by reducing the number of abnormal elements, we increase the probability that ...

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2 REMEMBERING AND REMODELING: THE METALEPTIC METROPOLIS

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pp. 64-98

MY IMAGE, my sense of city life was not, when I arrived in Athens, merely bookish. I was raised in a very small American town, but had moved on, in my later adolescence, to Portland, Oregon, to which I have since returned. I had spent a year in Chicago, visited New York and Washington and Los Angeles ...

Part II: Another Modernity

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3 CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: NOTES ON CONFLICT AT A CERTAIN GREEK AIRPORT

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pp. 101-121

MICHEL BUTOR, searching after the Second World War for the genius of the Mediterranean imagination, found himself quite disappointed with ununiform Athens: "At the beginning of the nineteenth century, there was nothing at the base of the most famous acropolis of all but an infinitesimal village, and ...

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4 SOVEREIGNTY AND ITS DISCONTENTS

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pp. 122-138

WHAT HAS INDUCED tradition's demotion? What precisely has brought Greeks, some of them at least, face-to-face with modernity's threshold? One can no longer appeal to Weber: however incisive, however serviceable his analysis of that threshold may be, his diagnosis of the antecedents and precipitants ...

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5 "EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE": NOTES ON THE GREEK MODERN

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pp. 139-156

WHERE HAVE those Greeks who have crossed or found themselves pushed over the threshold of modernity consequently been placed? Once again, one can no longer appeal confidently to Weber. If his analysis of the antecedents and precipitants of modernity's threshold is not entirely persuasive, ...

Part III After the colonies: Projects of self-definition and self-formation since 1974

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6 THE SELF MADE: DEVELOPING A POSTNATIONAL CHARACTER

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pp. 159-183

. . . consciousness of a tumultuously realized social transition is one of the fundamental characteristics of our epoch and there is no doubt that this consciousness inevitably leads as well to people becoming ever more aware of their relation to history. (Vassilis Filias) 1

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7 THE WORKS OF MARGHARITA KARAPANOU: LITERATURE AS A TECHNOLOGY OF SELF-FORMATION

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pp. 184-212

Je suis la plaie et le couteau!
Je suis le soufflet et la joue!
Je suis les membres et la roue,
Et la victime et le bourreau!1
(Charles Baudelaire) ...

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8 MEN ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM: FROM SEXUAL MODERNIZATION TOWARD SEXUAL MODERNITY

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pp. 213-241

IN LATE JANUARYand early February 1987, the front pages of Athens's more progressive and sensational dailies intermittently bore photographs of a gaunt and emaciated young man, Khristos Roussos, also known as "The Angel." He lay in a bed at Piraeas's Tzanio Hospital, under constant police guard. ...

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EPILOGUE: AFTER THE PRESENT

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pp. 242-248

AMFI—not for amfisexoualikotita but rather for amfisvitisi: objecting, questioning, doubt. I suspect that the clari®cation, the reading that Vallianatos offered of his journal's title was largely his own. But like Maro's troubled dismantling of self, like Karapanou's Cassandra and her Sleepwalker, its resonance was not merely ...

NOTES

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pp. 249-270

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 271-288

INDEX

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pp. 289-307