Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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pp. ix-x

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PREFACE

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pp. xi-xvi

EVERY work bears the imprint of its author. This book explores issues that have become important to me over many years—the complex intertwining of power and pleasure in gender and sexual relations, the social shaping of the human body, the ambiguities of social experience—all examined in the context of an activity that I find fascinating: Greek dance...

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INTRODUCTION: Entering the Dance

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pp. 1-27

FEBRUARY 1985. At half past midnight, in a chilly rented hall in a small town in the mountains of Macedonia, the Orpheus Association's annual dance is coming to a close. Although the musicians continue to play, the middle-aged couples who have dominated the event are gradually leaving for home. My video camera captures two images of a now-disorganized dance space...

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CHAPTER ONE: Place, Distinctions, Identities

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pp. 28-48

THE JOURNEY from Thessaloniki, Greece's northern capital, to Sohos begins from one of the cavernous one-room bus depots scattered about the city. The depot for Sohos borders on the ruins of Byzantine ramparts near Vardari. There are few places to sit, and unless it is raining most people stand outside, leaning against the glass window panes, a day's worth of shopping in plastic bags at their feet...

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CHAPTER TWO: Gender, Household, and Community

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pp. 49-63

THE IDEAS about gender currently hegemonic in Sohos bear the imprint of local circumstances and histories: the patterns of the sexual division of labor within the peasant-laborer household, the relations between the different social and ethnic groups, and the shared Orthodox religious culture. But they are also affected by extralocal processes...

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CHAPTER THREE: Everyday Sociability as Gendered Practice

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pp. 64-88

BECAUSE the gendered practices of dance-events both draw upon and transform those of everyday life, it is useful to examine the ways Sohoians learn to be male and female within the practices of everyday sociability. Coffee drinking, for example, is a gendered practice: the different ways and places that male and female Sohoians drink coffee both express and reproduce the gendered ordering of their world...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Dancing Signs: Deciphering the Body in Wedding Celebrations

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pp. 89-133

IF EVERYDAY contexts of sociability entail a subtle semiotics of gender, ritual occasions often exhibit one that is more elaborate and stylized. Sohoian weddings provide an excellent locus for exploring how gender identities and relations are collectively celebrated, and not only because of their pomp and publicity. As a key rite of passage through which a man and a woman...

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CHAPTER FIVE: The Orchestration of Association in Formal Evening Dances

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pp. 134-170

SOHOIANS' attachment to their traditions is not unambivalent. Elaborate, densely symbolic, and redolent with memories of family and place, the wedding celebrations also hold for some the taint of backwardness. I recall the caustic tone with which one bride's aunt, ruefully eyeing the exquisite trousseau hung on the walls that I was admiring and photographing, inquired...

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CHAPTER SIX: Male Prestige and the Eruption of Conflict

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pp. 171-187

ALTHOUGH it is meant to appear spontaneous and natural, the buoyant conviviality of horoesperidhes is a tenuous achievement.1 Organizers attempt to orchestrate association, and thereby legitimize a particular social order, by reformulating the ground rules and prescribing an etiquette and normative set of practices...

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CHAPTER SEVEN: Ambivalent Pleasures: Dance as a Problem for Women

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pp. 188-205

THE SOHOIAN female celebrant's attitudes toward dancing, and her experiences of it, are shaped by the socially constructed meanings of female selves and bodies, and by her practical position(s) as a female person within the specific social relations of her everyday life. Given the patriarchal character of the world she inhabits, the female celebrant encounters the dance as a pleasure but also as a problem...

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CHAPTER EIGHT: Aphrodites's Tables: Breakdown, Blame, and Female Sexuality

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pp. 206-224

A PARTY I attended hosted by Aphrodite, a young woman from Thessaloniki employed as a social worker in Sohos, was not a dance-event on the scale of those already discussed, and it was almost certainly not thought of by those attending as a dance-event (horos) per se. Yet this smaller and more intimate gathering...

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CHAPTER NINE: Because of the Dance

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pp. 225-234

I HAVE been concerned in this book to explore how gender and sexuality are socially constructed, particularly in the dance. I have looked at the ways they are physically constructed-the ways they are embodied-individually and collectively, in the conventionalized poses, postures, and gestures Sohoians assume when they are celebrating...

WORKS CITED

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pp. 235-244

INDEX

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pp. 245-254