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Dance and the Body Politic in Northern Greece (Princeton Modern Greek Studies)

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Valued for their sensual and social intensity, Greek dance-events are often also problematical for participants, giving rise to struggles over position, prestige, and reputation. Here Jane Cowan explores how the politics of gender is articulated through the body at these culturally central, yet until now ethnographically neglected, celebrations in a class-divided northern Greek town. Portraying the dance-event as both a highly structured and dynamic social arena, she approaches the human body not only as a sign to be deciphered but as a site of experience and an agent of practice.

In describing the multiple ideologies of person, gender, and community that townspeople embody and explore as they dance, Cowan presents three different settings: the traditional wedding procession, the "Europeanized" formal evening dance of local civic associations, and the private party. She examines the practices of eating, drinking, talking, gifting, and dancing, and the verbal discourse through which celebrants make sense of each other's actions. Paying particular attention to points of tension and moments of misunderstanding, she analyzes in what ways these social situations pose different problems for men and women.

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Cowan (sociology and anthropology, U. College, Swansea, Wales) analyzes the gender and status conflicts expressed by dancing and the related activities of eating, drinking, gifting, and talking, at social gatherings in a northern Greek city. She approaches the body as both an instrument and a site of conflict.
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Synopsis:

Valued for their sensual and social intensity, Greek dance-events are often also problematical for participants, giving rise to struggles over position, prestige, and reputation. Here Jane Cowan explores how the politics of gender is articulated through the body at these culturally central, yet until now ethnographically neglected, celebrations in a class-divided northern Greek town. Portraying the dance-event as both a highly structured and dynamic social arena, she approaches the human body not only as a sign to be deciphered but as a site of experience and an agent of practice.

In describing the multiple ideologies of person, gender, and community that townspeople embody and explore as they dance, Cowan presents three different settings: the traditional wedding procession, the "Europeanized" formal evening dance of local civic associations, and the private party. She examines the practices of eating, drinking, talking, gifting, and dancing, and the verbal discourse through which celebrants make sense of each other's actions. Paying particular attention to points of tension and moments of misunderstanding, she analyzes in what ways these social situations pose different problems for men and women.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-244).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691028545
Editor:
Cowan, Jane K.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Editor:
Cowan, Jane K.
Author:
Cowan, Jane K.
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Dance
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Europe - Greece
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Dancing
Subject:
Greece (Modern)
Subject:
Dance - Ethnic
Subject:
Greece Social life and customs 20th century.
Subject:
Sex in dance.
Subject:
Sex in dance -- Greece.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Dance -- Anthropological aspects -- Greece.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Modern Greek Studies (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
September 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
9.27x6.12x.70 in. .88 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Valued for their sensual and social intensity, Greek dance-events are often also problematical for participants, giving rise to struggles over position, prestige, and reputation. Here Jane Cowan explores how the politics of gender is articulated through the body at these culturally central, yet until now ethnographically neglected, celebrations in a class-divided northern Greek town. Portraying the dance-event as both a highly structured and dynamic social arena, she approaches the human body not only as a sign to be deciphered but as a site of experience and an agent of practice.

In describing the multiple ideologies of person, gender, and community that townspeople embody and explore as they dance, Cowan presents three different settings: the traditional wedding procession, the "Europeanized" formal evening dance of local civic associations, and the private party. She examines the practices of eating, drinking, talking, gifting, and dancing, and the verbal discourse through which celebrants make sense of each other's actions. Paying particular attention to points of tension and moments of misunderstanding, she analyzes in what ways these social situations pose different problems for men and women.

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