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The purity of spirit and the power of blood: a comparative perspective on nation, gender and kinship in Cyprus

Bryant, Rebecca (2002) The purity of spirit and the power of blood: a comparative perspective on nation, gender and kinship in Cyprus. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 8 (3). pp. 509-530. ISSN 1359-0987

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9655.00120

Abstract

This article argues that the kinship relations of the national ‘family’ are not simply a direct appropriation of ‘natural’ kinship relations but involve a transformation of those relations that also takes into account some gendered image of the land as a member of that family. Using comparative research in the Turkish and Greek communities of Cyprus, I propose that what is centrally important in images of national kinship is the common substance that land and people are imagined to share. Moreover, this common substance is regarded as so ‘natural’ that it constitutes an important axiom that is central to understanding the logic of nationalisms.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2002 Royal Anthropological Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 13:38
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 12:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53006

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