Download e-book for kindle: A Place in History: Social and Monumental Time in a Cretan by Michael Herzfeld

By Michael Herzfeld

ISBN-10: 0691028559

ISBN-13: 9780691028552

Michael Herzfeld describes what occurs whilst a forms charged with old conservation clashes with a neighborhood population adversarial to the kingdom and suspicious of tourism. concentrating on the Cretan city of Rethemnos, as soon as a middle of studying below Venetian rule and later inhabited by way of the Turks, he examines significant questions confronting conservators and voters as they negotiate the "ownership" of heritage: Who defines the prior? To whom does the earlier belong? what's "traditional" and the way is that this made up our minds? Exploring the meanings of the outfitted surroundings for Rethemnos's population, Herzfeld reveals that their curiosity in it has extra to do with own histories and the quick social context than with the formal heritage that pulls the conservators. He additionally investigates the population' social practices from the standpoints of loved ones and relatives staff, political organization, local, gender ideology, and the results of those on attitudes towards domestic possession. within the face of modernity, the place culture is an item of either reverence and commercialism, Rethemnos emerges as a massive ethnographic window onto the ambiguous cultural fortunes of Greece.

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These businesses operate in a quiet, unobtru­ sive way; their custom is local and regular. Jostling them, the food shops display meat, fish, and vegetables to the open street. Most aggressively open of all are the tourist shops, some of which take up enormous stretches o f the sidewalk, forcing passersby to step down in the way of the impatient single-line traffic. The life of the m arket has shifted to the tourist trade, where some of the visitors expect to be able to bargain.

1 1 Once a woman had been raped by a Turk, how­ ever, she had little choice but to become a prostitute if he refused to marry her. Not all prostitutes were Christians . " Nor did prostitution cease with the departure of the Turks. In spite of the silence that surrounds the subject, there are hints th at the military commanders representing the Great Powers in 1 8 9 8 rec­ ognized it as a problem as well as a necessity (Malagari and Stratigakis 1 9 8 5- 1 9 8 6 : 62 ) , and the local authorities are still in the final throes of trying to eradicate it altogether.

These changes are visible as one walks along Arkadiou Street, one of the two main commercial thoroughfares. Small traders in everything from clothes to glass and china, electrical supplies, and books, present a re­ strained face to the street, their goods organized in rarely changing, chaste displays in dusty windows. These businesses operate in a quiet, unobtru­ sive way; their custom is local and regular. Jostling them, the food shops display meat, fish, and vegetables to the open street. Most aggressively open of all are the tourist shops, some of which take up enormous stretches o f the sidewalk, forcing passersby to step down in the way of the impatient single-line traffic.

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