Tradition and Modernity in the Mediterranean
The Wedding as Symbolic Struggle
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- Author: Vassos Argyrou, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
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The subject of Vassos Argyrou's study is modernization, as reflected in the changing nature of wedding celebrations in Cyprus over two generations. He argues that modernization is not a secular, progressive process that remodels the life of a society, ironing out local differences. Rather, it is an idiom--a legitimizing discourse--in which Cypriots represent, and contest, relationships among social classes, old and young, men and women, city folk and villagers. At the same time, by involving modernization, they are submitting to foreign standards, and accepting the symbolic domination of Europe.Read more
- Original study of the concept of 'modernization' in the civilising process as exemplified by the evolution of Cypriot weddings
- Well-written, accessible account with sympathetic portrait of Cyprus (a country which has been neglected by anthropologists in the past)
- Appeal to anthropologists, sociologists and those concerned with the study of southern Europe
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"I have used this book in the classroom and received extremely positive feedback from students, who appreciate Argyrou's lucid expositions of theory and rich ethnographic descriptions. I recommend it highly." David Sutton, H-Net ReviewsSee more reviews
"The book will engage you....It is a book that should provoke some welcomed debate and a fresh perspective on otherwise tired issues. I have used this book in the classroom and received extremely positive feedback from students, who appreciate Argyrou's lucid expositions of theory and rich ethnographic descriptions. I recommend it highly." David Sutton, H-Net Reviews
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- Date Published: April 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511821752
- contains: 12 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
l. The island of Aphrodite
2. Nationalism and the poverty of imagination
3. The weddings of the l930s
4. The meaning of change
5. Distinction and symbolic class struggle
6. Anthropology and the specter of 'monoculture'
7. The dialectics of symbolic domination.
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