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Cosmopolitan Memory in Europe's 'Backwaters'

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Cosmpolitan Memory in Europe's 'Backwaters' reconsiders the definitional relationships of 'national character' and 'national heritage' in the context of Western industrial modernity. Taking as a case study the Greek islands of Skiathos and Skopelos which served as cinematic locations for the blockbuster Mamma Mia! (2008), the book explores how national identity - once shaped by political, cultural and religious practices - can now be reduced to little more than an ideal, created and sold globally by Western industries such as tourism and film. Tzanelli argues how the film encouraged the development of regional competitions that further enhanced the emotive potential of a Greek nationalist discourse that projects the blame for regional favouritism onto Western agents and the nation-state itself. It also takes into consideration the historical background of this controversy, which finds roots in the religious heritage of the South-eastern Mediterranean region - in particular, the notions of Byzantine Christianity which the Greeks used to set against the Islamic traditions of their Ottoman colonisers to affirm their European civility.

Auteur

Rodanthi Tzanelli is Lecturer in Sociology and Deputy Director, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, at the University of Leeds. She has published widely on national identity, the anthropology of cosmopolitanism and the politics of cultural industries. She is author of The Cinematic Tourist: Explorations in globalization, culture and resistance (2007), Nation-building and Identity in Europe: The dialogics of reciprocity (2008) and The 'Greece' of Britain and the 'Britain' of Greece (2009).



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Cosmopolitan Memory in Europe's 'Backwaters' reconsiders the definitional relationships of 'national character' and 'national heritage' in the context of Western industrial modernity. Taking as a case study the Greek islands of Skiathos and Skopelos which served as cinematic locations for the blockbuster Mamma Mia! (2008), the book explores how national identity - once shaped by political, cultural and religious practices - can now be reduced to little more than an ideal, created and sold globally by Western industries such as tourism and film. Tzanelli argues how the film encouraged the development of regional competitions that further enhanced the emotive potential of a Greek nationalist discourse that projects the blame for regional favouritism onto Western agents and the nation-state itself. It also takes into consideration the historical background of this controversy, which finds roots in the religious heritage of the South-eastern Mediterranean region - in particular, the notions of Byzantine Christianity which the Greeks used to set against the Islamic traditions of their Ottoman colonisers to affirm their European civility.



Contenu

1. Ethnographic Fiction and Autobiographical 'Truth' 2. Orientalist Vision and the Carnivalesque of 'Revelations' 3. Foreground to Background: From Locality to 'Nation' 4. 'The Winner Takes it All': The Coming of Second Modernity 5. The Original Theft (and other treacherous religiosities) 6. Leviathan Revealed

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Cosmopolitan Memory in Europe's 'Backwaters'
Sous-titre: Rethinking civility
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781136741586
ISBN: 978-1-136-74158-6
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Ethnologie
nombre de pages: 208
Parution: 30.05.2011
Année: 2011
Sous-titre: Englisch