The Nomads of Mykonos

Performing Liminalities in a 'queer' Space
Author: Pola Bousiou
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781845454265
Category: Political Science
Page: 308
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This is the ethnography of theMykoniots d’élection, a ‘gang’ of romantic adventurers who have been visiting the island of Mykonos for the last thirty-five years and have formed a community of dispersed friends. Their constant return to and insistence on working, acting and creating in a tourist space, offers them an extreme identity, which in turn is aesthetically marked by the transient cultural properties of Mykonos. Drawing semiotically from its ancient counterpart Delos, whose myth of emergence entails a spatial restlessness, contemporary Mykonos also acquires an idiosyncratic fluidity. In mythology Delos, the island of Apollo, was condemned by the gods to be an island in constant movement. Mykonos, as a signifier of a new form of ontological nomadism, semiotically shares such assumptions. TheNomads of Mykonoskeep returning to a series of alternative affective groups largely in order to heal a split: between their desire for autonomy, rebellion and aloneness and their need to affectively belong to a collectivity. Mykonos for theMykoniots d’électionis their permanent ‘stopover’; their regular comings and goings discursively project onto Mykonos’ space an allegorical (discordant) notion of ‘home’. Pola Bousiouwas born and educated in Thessaloniki, Greece, and later at the London School of Economics where she received her PhD in social anthropology. Subsequently she has turned to film-making; in her current research she is exploring the relationship between anthropology and film by deconstructing her auto-ethnographic text into an experimental film narrative.

Transnational Families, Migration and Gender

Moroccan and Filipino Women in Bologna and Barcelona
Author: Elisabetta Zontini
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781845456184
Category: Social Science
Page: 268
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By linking the experiences of immigrant families with the increased reliance on cheap and flexible workers for care and domestic work in Southern Europe, this study documents the lived experiences of neglected actors of globalization - migrant women - as well as the transformations of Western families more generally. However, while describing in detail the structural and cultural contexts within which these women have to operate, the book questions dominant paradigms about women as passive victims of patriarchal structures and brings out instead their agency and the creative ways in which they take control of their lives in often difficult circumstances. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, the author offers a valuable dual comparison between two Southern European countries on the one hand and between two migrant groups, one Christian and one Muslim, on the other, thus bringing to light unique detailed data on migration decision-making, settlement and on the multiple ways in which different women cope with the consequences of their transnational lives. Elisabetta Zontini was a Visiting Fellow at the International Gender Studies Centre at Oxford University and a Research Fellow in the Families & Social Capital ESRC Research Group at London South Bank University. She has published a number of ethnographic articles and book chapters on gender and migration in Southern Europe and is now Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham.

A Goddess in Motion

Visual Creativity in the Cult of María Lionza
Author: Roger Canals
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785336134
Category: Social Science
Page: 212
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The current practice of the cult of María Lionza is one of the most important and yet unexplored religious practices in Venezuela. Based on long-term fieldwork, this book explores the role of images and visual culture within the cult. By adopting a relational approach, A Goddess in Motion shows how the innumerable images of this goddess-represented as an Indian, white or mestizo woman-move constantly from objects to bodies, from bodies to dreams, and from the religion domain to the art world. In short, this book is a fascinating study that sheds light on the role of visual creativity in contemporary religious manifestations.

Aviation and Tourism

Implications for Leisure Travel
Author: Andreas Papatheodorou
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317176766
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 408
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Transport is an essential element of tourism, providing the vital link between the tourist generating areas and destinations. Good accessibility, which is determined by the transport services provided, is a fundamental condition for the development of any tourist destination. Moreover the transport industry can be a major beneficiary of tourism because of the additional passenger demand that may be generated. Aviation is an increasingly important mode of transport for tourism markets. Whilst geography has meant that, in modern times, air travel has always been the dominant mode for long distance travel and much international tourism, moves towards deregulation, and in particular the emergence of the low cost carrier sector, have also increased aviation's significance for short and medium haul tourism trips. Thus developments in aviation can have very major implications for many leisure and business tourism markets. However the characteristics and needs of leisure travellers are generally so very different from business travellers that this necessitates a separate consideration of these markets if a detailed understanding of the relationship with aviation is to be gained. In spite of the obvious closeness between the aviation and tourism industries, there are very few specialist texts on this subject. Most tourism focused books consider aviation as just one component of the tourism industry which needs to be discussed, whereas aviation specialist texts rarely concentrate on just leisure travel. In addition there is very little literature that gives a detailed appreciation of the complexities and potential conflicts associated with the development of coherent and effective aviation and tourism policies. Therefore it is the aim of this book to fill this important gap which exists with a comprehensive, in-depth study of the relationship between aviation and leisure travel. The book deals exclusively with issues related to the relationship between aviation and leisure travel. It does this with an analysis of the theoretical concepts relevant to the subject area combined with a detailed investigation of current practice within the aviation and tourism industries. Each chapter is illustrated with case study material that will reinforce the understanding of the issues that are being examined.

History of Greek Cinema


Author: Vrasidas Karalis
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441194479
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 336
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The book is a detailed historical survey of Greek cinema from its very beginning (1905) until today (2010).

Troubles with Turtles

Cultural Understandings of the Environment on a Greek Island
Author: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781571815965
Category: Nature
Page: 196
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The people of Vassilikos, farmers and tourist entrepreneurs on the Greek island of Zakynthos, are involved in a bitter environmental dispute concerning the conservation of sea turtles. Against the environmentalists' practices and ideals they set their own culture of relating to the land, cultivation, wild and domestic animals. Written from an anthropological perspective, this book puts forward the idea that a thorough study of indigenous cultures is a fundamental step to understanding conflicts over the environment. For this purpose, the book offers a detailed account of the cultural depth and richness of the human environmental relationship in Vassilikos, focusing on the engagement of its inhabitants with diverse aspects of the local environment, such as animal care, agriculture, tourism and hunting.

Footprints in Paradise

Ecotourism, Local Knowledge, and Nature Therapies in Okinawa
Author: Andrea E. Murray
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785333860
Category: Science
Page: 186
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The economic imperative of sustainable tourism development frequently shapes life on small subtropical islands. In Okinawa, ecotourism promises to provide employment for a dwindling population of rural youth while preserving the natural environment and bolstering regional pride. Footprints in Paradise explores the transformation in community and sense of place as Okinawans come to view themselves through the lens of the visiting tourist consumer, and as their language, landscapes, and wildlife are reconstituted as treasured and vulnerable resources. The rediscovery and revaluing of local ecological knowledge strengthens Okinawan or Uchinaa cultural heritage, despite the controversial presence of US military bases amidst a hegemonic Japanese state.

Iron in the Soul

Displacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus
Author: Peter Loizos†
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 0857450670
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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In his vivid, lively account of how Greek Cypriot villagers coped with a thirty-year displacement, Peter Loïzos follows a group of people whom he encountered as prosperous farmers in 1968, yet found as disoriented refugees when revisiting in 1975. By providing a forty year in-depth perspective unusual in the social sciences, this study yields unconventional insights into the deeper meanings of displacement. It focuses on reconstruction of livelihoods, conservation of family, community, social capital, health (both physical and mental), religious and political perceptions. The author argues for a closer collaboration between anthropology and the life sciences, particularly medicine and social epidemiology, but suggests that qualitative life-history data have an important role to play in the understanding of how people cope with collective stress.

The Postnational Self

Belonging and Identity
Author: Ulf Hedetoft,Mette Hjort
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816639373
Category: Political Science
Page: 317
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What happens to a sense of belonging when national and regional governments, religious organizations, community groups, political parties, and corporations become unstable and incoherent, as they have in these nationalist and postnationalist times? From a richly interdisciplinary perspective, the authors examine notions of citizenship and cultural hybridization, migration and other forms of mobility, displacements and ethnic cleansing, and the nature of national belonging in a world turning ever more fluid, aided by transnational flows of capital, information, people, and ideas.

The Collectors of Lost Souls

Turning Kuru Scientists Into Whitemen
Author: Warwick Anderson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 318
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"This riveting account of medical detective work traces the story of kuru, a fatal brain disease, and the pioneering scientists who spent decades searching for its cause and cure." "When whites first encountered the Fore people in the isolated highlands of colonial New Guinea during the 1940s and 1950s, they found a people in the grip of a bizarre epidemic. Women and children succumbed to muscle weakness, uncontrollable tremors, and lack of coordination, until death inevitably supervened. Facing extinction, the Fore attributed their unique and terrifying affliction to a particularly malign form of sorcery." "The Collectors of Lost Souls tells the story of the resilience of the Fore through this devastating plague, their transformation into modern people, and their compelling attraction for a throng of eccentric and adventurous scientists and anthropologists." "The study of kuru opened up a completely new field of medical investigation, challenging our understanding of the causes of disease. But The Collectors of Lost Souls is far more than a tantalizing case study of scientific research in the twentieth century. It is also a story of how a previously isolated people made contact with the world by engaging with its science, rendering the boundary between primitive and modern completely permeable. It tells us about the complex and often baffling interactions of researchers and their erstwhile subjects on the colonial frontier, tracing their ambivalent exchanges, passionate engagements, confused estimates of value, and moral ambiguities. Above all, it reveals the "primitive" foundations of modern science." "This astonishing story links first contact encounters in New Guinea with laboratory experiments in Bethesda, Maryland; sorcery with science; cannibalism with compassion; and slow viruses with infectious proteins, reshaping our understanding of what it means to do science."--BOOK JACKET.

Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700

Society, Politics and Culture
Author: Dimitris Tziovas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317124782
Category: History
Page: 322
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The Greek diaspora is one of the paradigmatic historical diasporas. Though some trace its origins to ancient Greek colonies, it is really a more modern phenomenon. Diaspora, exile and immigration represent three successive phases in Modern Greek history and they are useful vantage points from which to analyse changes in Greek society, politics and culture over the last three centuries. Embracing a wide range of case studies, this volume charts the role of territorial displacements as social and cultural agents from the eighteenth century to the present day and examines their impact on communities, politics, institutional attitudes and culture. By studying migratory trends the aim is to map out the transformation of Greece from a largely homogenous society with a high proportion of emigrants to a more diverse society inundated by immigrants after the end of the Cold War. The originality of this book lies in the bringing together of diaspora, exile and immigration and its focus on developments both inside and outside Greece.

The Heart Grown Bitter

A Chronicle of Cypriot War Refugees
Author: Peter Loizos
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521285469
Category: History
Page: 219
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This book is an account of the experiences of the people of Argaki, a Cypriot village hit by Turkish invasion.

The Global Turn

National Encounters with the World
Author: Ulf Hedetoft
Publisher: Aalborg Universitetsforlag
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 184
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Persistent rumour has it that globalisation is doing serious damage to the nation-state at the present historical juncture. Dramatic versions of the narrative even insist that the challenge of globalisation to the nation-state is so serious that this pivotal "unit" of the international "system" is in danger of disappearing. In this book, Ulf Hedetoft focuses attention on this global-national nexus in some of its many differing manifestations, offering both theoretical, historical and analytical thoughts and perspectives on a problem which increasingly dominates academic and public debates. He argues that it makes sense to talk about a "global turn" in international studies, a change which might be as profound and consequential as the well-known "linguistic turn" in the study of society and politics. This does not mean that globalisation, spearheaded by the USA, is ousting the nation-state from the global scene. In fact, the global order needs nation-states, although their position will be radically different and their sovereignty -- except for a few cases -- without much substance. Populist and romantic nationalism notwithstanding, there is no going back to an earlier and more virginal state of national political or cultural history. In this sense globalisation is not irreversible. Whether we like it or not, the global turn is here for good.

At Home with the Patagonians

A Year's Wanderings Over Untrodden Ground from the Straits of Magellan to the Rio Negro
Author: George Chaworth Musters
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Page: 322
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Lifestyle Migration

Expectations, Aspirations and Experiences
Author: Michaela Benson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131710515X
Category: Social Science
Page: 178
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Relatively affluent individuals from various corners of the globe are increasingly choosing to migrate, spurred on by the promise of a better and more fulfilling way of life within their destination. Despite its increasing scale, migration academics have yet to consolidate and establish lifestyle migration as a subfield of theoretical enquiry, until now. This volume offers a dynamic and holistic analysis of contemporary lifestyle migrations, exploring the expectations and aspirations which inform and drive migration alongside the realities of life within the destination. It also recognizes the structural conditions (and constraints) which frame lifestyle migration, laying the groundwork for further intellectual enquiry. Through rich empirical case studies this volume addresses this important and increasingly common form of migration in a manner that will interest scholars of mobility, migration, lifestyle and culture across the social sciences.

Understanding Lifestyle Migration

Theoretical Approaches to Migration and the Quest for a Better Way of Life
Author: M. Benson,N. Osbaldiston
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137328673
Category: Social Science
Page: 249
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This book draws on social theories to understand lifestyle migration as a social phenomenon. The chapters engage theoretically with themes and debates relevant to contemporary social science such as place and space, social stratification and power relations, production and consumption, individualism, dwelling and imagination.

The Demography of Roman Egypt


Author: Roger S. Bagnall,Bruce W. Frier
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521025966
Category: History
Page: 392
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By studying the three hundred census returns that survive on papyri from Roman Egypt, the authors reconstruct the patterns of mortality, marriage, fertility and migration that are likely to have prevailed in Roman Egypt.