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- DescriptionThe war between Greece and Turkey ended in 1922 in what Greeks call the Asia Mir catastrophe, a disaster greater than the fall of Constantiple in 1493, for it marked the end of Hellenism in the ancient heartland of Asia Mir. In 1923 the Treaty of Lausanne ratified the compulsory exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey, involving the movement of some 1.5 million persons. Well over one million Greek refugees entered the Greek state in two years, increasing its population by about a quarter. Given the far-reaching consequences for both Greece and Turkey, surprisingly few studies exist of the numerous people so drastically affected by this uprooting. Over half a century later a large section of the urban refugee population in Greece still claimed a separate Asia Mir identity, despite sharing with other Greeks a common culture, religion, and language. Based on the author's long-term fieldwork, this ethgraphy of Kokkinia - an urban quarter in Piraeus - reveals how its inhabitants' sense of separate identity was constructed, an aspect of continuity with their well-defined identity as an Orthodox Christian mirity in the Ottoman Empire. This rare study of an urban refugee group fifty years after settlement provides new insights into the phemen of ethnicity both structural and cultural. In detailed analysis of values, symbolic dimensions, and of social organization the book illustrates the strength and efficacy of cultural values in transcending material deprivation. The reprint of this study in paperback is particularly timely, marking as it does the 75th anniversary of this major event in the Eastern Mediterranean. Renee Hirschon Philippakis is currently Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Programme, University of Oxford, and Horary Research Fellow of Oxford Brookes University.
- Author BiographyRenee Hirschon was educated at the universities of Cape Town, Chicago and Oxford. Intensive fieldwork among the Asia Minor refugees settled in Piraeus resulted in the monograph Heirs of the Greek Catastrophe . She has been Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, and Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean. She is currently Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, Senior Research Fellow and College Lecturer, St Peter's College, University of Oxford and Senior Member at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford.
- Author(s)Renee Hirschon
- PublisherBerghahn Books, Incorporated
- Date of Publication01/09/1998
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationHerndon
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBerghahn Books, Incorporated
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations, Bibliog., Index
- Weight377 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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