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Author Cowan, Jane K., 1954-

Title Dance and the body politic in northern Greece / Jane K. Cowan.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1990]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  792.809495 COWA    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bund  792.809495 COWA {Bund81 20190820}    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 252 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Princeton modern Greek studies.
Princeton modern Greek studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [235]-244).
Summary 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.
Subject Dance -- Anthropological aspects -- Greece.
Sex in dance -- Greece.
Greece -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
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