By Michael Herzfeld
Michael Herzfeld describes what occurs whilst a paperwork charged with old conservation clashes with a neighborhood population opposed to the nation and suspicious of tourism. concentrating on the Cretan city of Rethemnos, as soon as a middle of studying below Venetian rule and later inhabited through the Turks, he examines significant questions confronting conservators and voters as they negotiate the "ownership" of background: Who defines the earlier? To whom does the earlier belong? what's "traditional" and the way is that this made up our minds? Exploring the meanings of the equipped atmosphere for Rethemnos's population, Herzfeld reveals that their curiosity in it has extra to do with own histories and the quick social context than with the formal historical past that draws the conservators. He additionally investigates the population' social practices from the standpoints of family and relations staff, political organization, local, gender ideology, and the consequences of those on attitudes towards domestic possession. within the face of modernity, the place culture is an item of either reverence and commercialism, Rethemnos emerges as a tremendous ethnographic window onto the ambiguous cultural fortunes of Greece.
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Those who h ave vines must collect the grape skins to make grappa (tsi koudhia) in September. Few claim to make much profit on this kind o f agriculture, but it does protect poorer townspeople from some o f the ef fects of inflation. In a good year, a household might even expect to make a little profit, with which it can purchase oil of a better quality than it produces itself; in an off year, it might still only have to acquire a h undred kilos or so to cover the year's domestic needs (about 25 0 kilos for a family of five) .
From this perspective, then, Nakou transgressed the bounda ries of " Europe," the emblem of both respecta bility and licentiousness. In Rethemnos, at the turn of the century, most of the prostitutes' cus tomers were unmarried men of military age. The p olice checked to make sure that adolescents were kept away. The brothels were situated among Turkish-owned houses, and this additional touch of the exotic was often sufficient reason for the younger boys to fear going there . The prostitutes ' neighbors included three or four "troglodytes "-garbage collectors who made their homes in caves and ruins on the Fortezza until the Municipal ity finally swept their ramshackle habitations away, causing a veritable treasure hunt as coins and other artifacts came to the surface.
Mel��u��� V\l�V N A 40 kilometers Crete Fig. 1 . 1. Map of Crete Libyan Sea RETHEMNOS N w -- • s 1 00 0 meters Fig. 1 . 2. Outline Map of Rethemnos 24 CHAPTER ONE pological imagination : the wild and the tame, the rural and the urban. But the municipal order that I found inscribed everywhere affected my own perceptions even as I became fascinated with the marks of a compet ing disorder: the roughly incised plaster patched up and covered with un related serendipities of electrical wiring, the informality with which one made the acquaintance of local musicians and shopkeepers.
A Place in History: Social and Monumental Time in a Cretan Town (Princeton Studies in Culture, Power, History) by Michael Herzfeld