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.
Frontmatter, pg. iContents, pg. viiList of Illustrations, pg. ixPreface, pg. xiIntroduction, pg. 1Chapter One. Place, Distinctions, Identities, pg. 28Chapter Two. Gender, Household, and Community, pg. 49Chapter Three. Everyday Sociability as Gendered Practice, pg. 64Chapter Four. Dancing Signs: Deciphering the Body in Wedding Celebrations, pg. 89Chapter Five. The Orchestration of Association in Formal Evening Dances, pg. 134Chapter Six. Male Prestige and the Eruption of Conflict, pg. 171Chapter Seven. Ambivalent Pleasures: Dance as a Problem for Women, pg. 188Chapter Eight. Aphrodite's Tables: Breakdown, Blame, and Female Sexuality, pg. 206Chapter Nine. Because of the Dance, pg. 225Works Cited, pg. 235Index, pg. 245Backmatter, pg. 253
Series: Princeton Modern Greek Studies (Paperback)
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 21st September 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.55
Weight (kg): 0.4