Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-state

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 226 pages
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Cultural Intimacy draws on the author's own extensive fieldwork in Greece, as well as on a wide range of comparisons from the United States, Africa, Western Europe, and elsewhere. Herzfeld explores many topics - from sheep-thieves to flight attendants, from the banality of polite chit-chat to the divine vengeance invoked against perjury, and from the personal styles of coffeehouse and barroom to the politics of academia. In all these arenas he finds revealing tensions between the formal idealization of collective self-recognition.
 

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Contents

Of Definitions and Boundaries
37
Persuasive Resemblances
56
Cultural Intimacy and the Meaning of Europe
89
Structural Nostalgia Time and the Oath
109
The Practice of Stereotypes
156
Notes
174
Index
213
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Michael Herzfeld is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. He is the recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and awards and has lectured and taught at universities around the world. Herzfeld is former editor of American Ethnologist. His past fieldwork has focused on Greece, and he is currently researching gentrification and management of the past in Thailand.

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