Tradition and Modernity in the Mediterranean: The Wedding as Symbolic Struggle

Tradition and Modernity in the Mediterranean: The Wedding as Symbolic Struggle

by Vassos Argyrou, Argyrou Vassos
     
 

ISBN-10: 052161984X

ISBN-13: 9780521619844

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521619844
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #101
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 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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