Between the 1980s and the twenty-first century, a distinct shift occurred in the social identities of older Greek women. They had been expected, after completing a parent's significant duty of arranging marriages for their children, to take on the categorical identity of "older woman" and relinquish the distinct personal identities they had established as heads of their own households. In Lehonia, satisfying the ideal of giving each bride control of her own house often forced women to give up domestic spaces that were the practical basis and symbolic representation of both intimate and public identities. Here I use the stories of three women who wanted to buy my refrigerator to demonstrate the agency of these women in using domestic space to reassert individual, independent, idiosyncratic identities and to illustrate part of a process which culminated in more independent lives and greater acceptance of distinct personal identities for older women.


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