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Author Argyrou, Vassos.

Title Tradition and modernity in the Mediterranean : the wedding as symbolic struggle / Vassos Argyrou
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996


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Description x, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology ; 101
Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology ; 101
Contents 1. The island of Aphrodite -- 2. Nationalism and the poverty of imagination -- 3. The weddings of the 1930s -- 4. The meaning of change -- 5. Distinction and symbolic class struggle -- 6. Anthropology and the specter of "monoculture" -- 7. The dialectics of symbolic domination
Summary "The subject of Vassos Argyrou's study is modernisation, as reflected in the changing nature of wedding celebrations in Cyprus over two generations from the 1930s to the present day. He argues that modernisation is not a secular, progressive process, that remodels the life of a society, ironing out local differences. Rather, it is a legitimising discourse. It is an idiom which Greek Cypriots employ to represent, and contest, relationships between social classes, old and young, men and women, city folk and villagers. At the same time, by involving modernisation, they are submitting to foreign standards, and accepting the symbolic domination of Europe."--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-204) and index
Notes Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology no:101
Subject Marriage customs and rites -- Cyprus.
Social change -- Cyprus.
Social classes -- Cyprus.
Cyprus -- Social life and customs.
LC no. 95037466
ISBN 0521560950