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Title: Anatolian embodiments in a Hellenic context : the case of Reisderiani Mikrasiates refugees.
Author: Tsimouris, Georgios.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3537 2427
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1998
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My thesis concerns Aghios Dimitrios, a rural community established by refugees from Asia Minor after the Catastrophe of 1922 in Lemnos, a North Aegean Greek island. A contribution to studies on social identity, it is concerned with the sense of belonging and how this is experienced by members of this group after long term settlement. The inhabitants of Aghios Dimitrios express a distinctive sense of identity in the terminology that they use to identify themselves, in their narratives and in a wide range of practises associated with labouring, singing, dancing and food making. My main aim is to show how the inhabitants of this community represent themselves in relation to their Ottoman and refugee past in contrast to indigenous Lemnians and other Greeks, on the one hand; however, I am also fundamentally concerned with the profound tension between the terms and the practices that they activate to represent themselves in relation to national, generic images of Mikrassiates. I argue that the belated national incorporation of a huge number of Mikrassiates, usually relocated at the geographical margins of the nation, has enabled the stubborn persistence of multiple pre-national, non 'pure' embodiments and recollections associated with their recent past in the context of the Ottoman Empire. My investigations used participant observation and oral history techniques to document a broad range of practices of daily life: narratives on the past, songs, labour and the social life of objects of material culture. I also explored written records such as journals, literary texts, newspapers and archival records.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Anthropology Anthropology Folklore History