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Disciplining the Neohellenic character: records of Anglo-Greek encounters and the development of ethnological-historical discourse

Tzanelli, R (2003) Disciplining the Neohellenic character: records of Anglo-Greek encounters and the development of ethnological-historical discourse. History of the Human Sciences, 16 (3). 21 - 50 . ISSN 0952-6951

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Abstract

The article examines the development of anthropological discourse in British travel accounts of modern Greece, and the Greek response. The study has several aims. First, it argues that in British travel accounts ethnographic remarks are encountered which point to a genealogy of the British discipline of anthropology. These remarks on the modern Greek character formulated problÈmatiquesin which history and ethnography, as well as Romanticism and Enlightenment ideas, merged. Second, the article examines Greek peasantreaction to British observation and ‘intrusion’, as a rational product of the Anglo-Greek exchange. Third, it maintains that such peasant responses, which are in accordance with counter-hegemonic, Neohellenic ‘high-brow’ attitudes, were notthe product of the latter, but their genealogical counterpart. From this it follows that in British encounters with Greek peasants, historians can trace the development of Greek folklore as a nationalist product which defied European hegemonic narratives of modern Greek identity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: anthropology, Britain, ethnography, Greece, history, intimacy, travel accounts
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 11:27
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:48
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/09526951030163003
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/09526951030163003
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43497

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