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Title: For the love of women : gender and gay identity in a Greek provincial town.
Author: Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth.
ISNI:       0000 0000 3382 3776
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis is an anthropological study of gender and gay identity in a community of women who currently live in a Greek provincial town and engage in same-sex relationships They identify themselves as the area' (the company) and attempt to deft conventional sexuality-based classifications, promoting their own idioyncratic discourse on gender and sexuality The women of the parea treat same sex relationships as instances for the enactment of desire and opportunities for the intersubjective transformation of the self Mj ethnographic analysis follows close/y the life and organisatzon of this community of women by paying special attention to themes such as the recruitment of new members, the construction of erotic relationships, the role of friendship and the special rituals that mark the separation of partners. These are some of the occasions where the women negotiate the meaning of masculinity, femininity and same-sex desire through gendered performances of a 'yncretic and ambiguous character. The original ethnographic information presented in this study documents how some surreptitious narratives formed in the Greek periphery resist and reify conventional gender idioms through a peformatzve/y realised objectification of the self The institutionalised character of heterosexuality and the disapproving connotations of lesbianism prevalent in Greece, force the women of the parea to conceal their sexuality in order to live congenzaly with the other inhabitants of the town. In this respect, the parea operates as a context for the articulation of alternative gender ideas and relations and as a support network for women who wish to challenge customary notions offemininiey albeit without openly provoking the heterosexual establishment Enmeshed in the politics of visibility and znvzsibiliçy, concealment and dispiqy, experiences of empowerment and homoerotic desire are thus accomplished in a culturalfy recognzsable but rntricatefy disguzsedfashzon. The thesis testifies to the symbiotic co-existence of contrasting discourses, multiple identifications and conflicting relationships and confirms the importance of gender identity as a threshold where cultural and historical forces interface with the willingness of the actor to exist as creative agent.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology Sociology Human services Anthropology Folklore