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The Making of the Modern Greek Family : Marriage and Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Athens - Paul Sant Cassia

The Making of the Modern Greek Family

Marriage and Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Athens

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521400817
Number Of Pages: 300

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This original and ground-breaking study deals with a specific set of institutions in nineteenth-century Athens. Relying on matrimonial contracts, travellers' accounts, memoirs and popular literature, the authors show how distinctive forms of marriage, kinship and property transmission evolved in Athens in the nineteenth century. These forms then became a feature of wider Greek society which continued into the twentieth century. Greece was the first post-colonial modern nation state in Europe whose national identity was created largely by peasants who had migrated to the city. As Athenian society became less agrarian, a new mercantile group superseded and incorporated previous elites and went on to dominate and control the new resources of the nation state. Such groups developed their own, more mobile, systems of property transmission, mostly in response to external pressures of a political and economic character. These same pressures resulted in a distinctive ethic of family life that in turn influenced models of kinship, marriage and property transmission in the rural areas. Of particular significance was the impact of the growth of the dowry and massive cash transactions upon the position of women. This is a persuasive piece of detective work, full of brilliant insights, which advances our knowledge of modern Greece. It is a model for future scholarship on the development of family and other 'intimate' ideologies where nation states encroach upon local consciousness.

'I feel that the authors have successfully presented valuable material on Greek marriage in the nineteenth century... They offer some brilliant insights for the careful reader to discover.' INTAMS: International Academy for Marital Spirituality

List of illustrations
List of tables
Introduction: history, family and the -other- in Greece
Men and houses, women and households
Marriage, women and land in nineteenth-century Athens
Gifts and commodities, cash and trousseaux
-For one-s soul-: adoption, fosterage and the growth of koumbaria
The family and emotional life
Conclusion: exchange, marriage and the person
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ISBN: 9780521400817
ISBN-10: 0521400813
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 29th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.61