Cover

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Title, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

THIS VOLUME grew out of a conference in Mytilene, September 1986, to mark the foundation of the Social Anthropology Department of the University of the Aegean. We thank the many persons who made that conference possible, and the participants, particularly Ernestine Friedl, for their intellectual stimulation...

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INTRODUCTION Gender and Kinship in Marriage and Alternative Contexts

Peter Loizos AND Evthymios Papataxiarchis

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pp. 1-26

ETHNOGRAPHERS of Greece, pace Friedl (1962) and Campbell (1964), have been, until recently, almost entirely preoccupied with marriage and have analyzed a single idea of maleness and femaleness as expressed in the context of conjugal procreation. The dominant norm of procreation-within-marriage has been adopted as the frame of reference in ethnographic analysis...

PART I: Gender and Kinship in Married Life

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CHAPTER 1 Gender, Kinship, and Religion: “Reconstructing” the Anthropology of Greece

Jill Dubisch

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pp. 29-46

BOTH GENDER STUDIES and feminism have been a powerful force within anthropology in the last decade, and the anthropological study of gender has now received a more or less legitimate place within the field. Yet, like the power of women themselves, the significance of such studies has yet to be fully realized or incorporated within the anthropological enterprise as a whole...

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CHAPTER 2 Cosmos and Gender in Village Greece

Juliet Du Boulay

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pp. 47-78

INCREASING INTEREST in gender studies in Greece is stimulating research into aspects of the belief system which lie behind the traditional division of labor in the house and family. Recently, for instance, it has been argued that ideas of female physiology lie behind the customs governing the restraints put on women (Hirschon 1978)...

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CHAPTER 3 Silence, Submission, and Subversion: Toward a Poetics of Womanhood

Michael Herzfeld

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pp. 79-97

IN THE ETHNOGRAPHIC LITERATURE on Greece, women are usually either submissively silent or dangerously garrulous. These ideal types, symbolized and personified in the characters of the virginal Mary and the wanton Eve (e.g., du Boulay 1986), agree on what women are not: controllers of their own discourse. Women who cleverly "answer back" may sometimes be respected1...

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CHAPTER 4 The Resolution of Conflict through Song in Greek Ritual Therapy

Loring M. Danforth

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pp. 98-113

THE ANASTENARIA is a ritual involving trance and possession that is performed in several villages and towns in Greek Macedonia. It is a ritual system of psychotherapy that is often effective in treating illnesses which in Western psychiatric terms would be considered psychogenic in nature. In this paper I will suggest an explanation for the therapeutic effectiveness of the Anastenaria...

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CHAPTER 5 The Limits of Kinship

Roger Just

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pp. 114-132

THIS PAPER addresses one of the most conventional subjects within social anthropology and particularly the anthropology of southern Europe: namely, the role of kinship and family in a relatively isolated village community. Moreover, given the title of this volume, it is perhaps wise to state from the outset that my concern will be with kinship itself rather than gender...

PART II: Gender and Kinship outside Marriage

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CHAPTER 6 Sisters in Christ: Metaphors of Kinship among Greek Nuns

A. Marina Iossifides

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pp. 135-155

IN THIS PAPER I wish to examine some of the norms defining kinship and kinship roles in a Greek village and to compare this with the relationships observed in nearby convents that use similar kinship terms. To say simply that the convents have modeled their social relations on kinship roles found in the secular community is, I believe, to miss the point of the relationships...

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CHAPTER 7 Friends of the Heart: Male Commensal Solidarity, Gender, and Kinship in Aegean Greece

Evthymios Papataxiarchis

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pp. 156-179

RECENT ADVANCES in feminist anthropology and the anthropology of gender have sensitized us to the study of phenomena with an explicitly gendered character and have further influenced every corner of anthropological thinking (Moore 1988). These developments have contributed to the emergence of a new anthropology of masculinity...

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CHAPTER 8 Going Out for Coffee? Contesting the Grounds of Gendered Pleasures in Everyday Sociability

Jane K. Cowan

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pp. 180-202

MY EFFORTS to understand the ways gender is socially and culturally constructed in Sohos,1 a town in central Macedonia, led me to investigate the social organization of trivial pursuits. In this community, despite a long tradition of waged female employment outside the home,2 leisure pursuits—like the everyday activity of coffee drinking—are both gender-segregated and...

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CHAPTER 9 Hunters and Hunted: Kamaki and the Ambiguities of Sexual Predation in a Greek Town

Sofka Zinovieff

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pp. 203-220

A KAMAKI is a harpoon for spearing fish, but the word is also used metaphorically in Greece. It describes the act of a Greek man pursuing a foreign woman with the intention of having sex. There is an implied use of cunning, and of mastering a physical interaction, as there would be in this type of fishing. The expression "to make kamaki" (kano kamaki or kamakono) has entered the Greek language...

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CHAPTER 10 Gender, Sexuality, and the Person in Greek Culture

Peter Loizos AND Evthymios Papataxiarchis

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pp. 221-234

AT THE BEGINNING of this book we questioned the ethnographer's fascination with the household-centered model of gender, and then we went on to analyze domestic ideology and place it within a wider framework of variations and transformations. In fact we opted to distinguish between dominant and alternative discourses of gender and to discuss gender practices in a range of contexts...

Contributors

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pp. 235-236

Literature Cited

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pp. 237-254

Index

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pp. 255-261