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The Nomads of Mykonos: Performing Liminalities in a 'Queer' Space - New Directions in Anthropology 29 (Hardback)
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The Nomads of Mykonos: Performing Liminalities in a 'Queer' Space - New Directions in Anthropology 29 (Hardback)

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Hardback 322 Pages / Published: 30/04/2008
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This is the ethnography of the Mykoniots d'election, a 'gang' of romantic adventurers who have been visiting the island of Mykonos for the last thirty-five years and have formed a community of dispersed friends. Their constant return to and insistence on working, acting and creating in a tourist space, offers them an extreme identity, which in turn is aesthetically marked by the transient cultural properties of Mykonos. Drawing semiotically from its ancient counterpart Delos, whose myth of emergence entails a spatial restlessness, contemporary Mykonos also acquires an idiosyncratic fluidity. In mythology Delos, the island of Apollo, was condemned by the gods to be an island in constant movement. Mykonos, as a signifier of a new form of ontological nomadism, semiotically shares such assumptions. The Nomads of Mykonos keep returning to a series of alternative affective groups largely in order to heal a split: between their desire for autonomy, rebellion and aloneness and their need to affectively belong to a collectivity. Mykonos for the Mykoniots d'election is their permanent 'stopover'; their regular comings and goings discursively project onto Mykonos' space an allegorical (discordant) notion of 'home'.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781845454265
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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."..an enticing and vibrant ethnographic text, full of insightful comments which follow diverse strands of theoretical discussion...a genuine piece of postmodern performative ethnography." . JRAI

..".a thought-provoking exploration of ethnography, social theory...a unique and provocative intervention into the "status quo" of ethnographic writing and explanation. The book refuses and transgresses coherencies and dichotomies in ways that ultimately reveal our own desire for 'neatly' organized and compartmentalized theory and ethnography, and I think this is precisely what Bousiou set out to do: to ask where, in theory, a world of nomadic tourists, hedonists, and 'extreme individuals' leaves us." . H-Net Reviews"


"...an enticing and vibrant ethnographic text, full of insightful comments which follow diverse strands of theoretical discussion...a genuine piece of postmodern performative ethnography." - JRAI

..".a thought-provoking exploration of ethnography, social theory...a unique and provocative intervention into the "status quo" of ethnographic writing and explanation. The book refuses and transgresses coherencies and dichotomies in ways that ultimately reveal our own desire for 'neatly' organized and compartmentalized theory and ethnography, and I think this is precisely what Bousiou set out to do: to ask where, in theory, a world of nomadic tourists, hedonists, and 'extreme individuals' leaves us." - H-Net Reviews


-...an enticing and vibrant ethnographic text, full of insightful comments which follow diverse strands of theoretical discussion...a genuine piece of postmodern performative ethnography.- - JRAI

-...a thought-provoking exploration of ethnography, social theory...a unique and provocative intervention into the -status quo- of ethnographic writing and explanation. The book refuses and transgresses coherencies and dichotomies in ways that ultimately reveal our own desire for 'neatly' organized and compartmentalized theory and ethnography, and I think this is precisely what Bousiou set out to do: to ask where, in theory, a world of nomadic tourists, hedonists, and 'extreme individuals' leaves us.- - H-Net Reviews

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