Divided Cyprus

Divided Cyprus

Modernity, History, and an Island in Conflict
Edited by Yiannis Papadakis, Nicos Peristianis and Gisela Emmi Welz
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/18/2006
ISBN: 978-0-253-11191-3
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[U]shers the reader into the complexities of the categorical ambiguity of Cyprus [and]... concentrates... on the Dead Zone of the divided society, in the cultural space where those who refuse to go to the poles gather." —Anastasia Karakasidou, Wellesley College

The volatile recent past of Cyprus has turned this island from the idyllic "island of Aphrodite" of tourist literature into a place renowned for hostile confrontations. Cyprus challenges familiar binary divisions, between Christianity and Islam, Greeks and Turks, Europe and the East, tradition and modernity. Anti-colonial struggles, the divisive effects of ethnic nationalism, war, invasion, territorial division, and population displacements are all facets of the notorious Cyprus Problem. Incorporating the most up-to-date social and cultural research on Cyprus, these essays examine nationalism and interethnic relations, Cyprus and the European Union, the impact of immigration, and the effects of tourism and international environmental movements, among other topics.

Author Bio

Yiannis Papadakis is Assistant Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus.

Nicos Peristianis is Executive Dean of Intercollege of Cyprus and President of the Cyprus Sociological Association.

Gisela Welz is Professor and Chair of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany.


“"[U]shers the reader into the complexities of the categorical ambiguity of Cyprus [and]...concentrates...on the Dead Zone of the divided society, in the cultural space where those who refuse to go to the poles gather. —Anastasia Karakasidou, Wellesley College "[P]resents the most current research in anthropology on Cyprus, a research which focusese on issues of wider concern....fills a real gap int he current literature." —David Sutton, Southern Illinois University”

“Of the recent publications on the 'Cyprus Problem', Divided Cyprus ranks amongst the best. It is scholarly, very well conceived, nicely structured, and expertly executed. Most importantly, it is thought provoking. I highly recommend it to any serious scholar of Cyprus’ past and present, and to those interested in its future progress.”
 — Cyprus Review

“[This] collection demonstrates a most unusual depth of articulation and balance in its accounts. . . . [It] is well crafted to reach a fariety of audiences, including students, scholars, and activists concerned with Cyprus, and most certainly political geographers interested in unpacking the workings of spatial power in zones of conflict. Issue 29, 2010”
 — Political Geography

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Modernity, History, and Conflict in Divided Cyprus: An Overview Yiannis Papadakis, Nicos Peristianis, and Gisela Welz
1. Transforming Lives: Process and Person in Cypriot Modernity Michael Herzfeld
2. On the Condition of Postcoloniality in Cyprus Rebecca Bryant
3. Disclosure and Censorship in Divided Cyprus: Toward an Anthropology of Ethnic Autism Yiannis Papadakis
4. De-Ethnicizing the Ethnography of Cyprus: Political and Social Conflict between Turkish Cypriots and Settlers from Turkey Yael Navaro-Yashin
5. Cypriot Nationalism, Dual Identity, and Politics Nicos Peristianis
6. Children Constructing Ethnic Identities in Cyprus Spyros Spyrou
7. "Contested Natures": An Environmental Conflict in Cyprus Gisela Welz
8. Gardens and the Nature of Rootedness in Cyprus Anne Jepson
9. Researching Society and Culture in Cyprus: Displacements, Hybridities, and Dialogical Frameworks Floya Anthias
10. Recognition and Emotion: Exhumations of Missing Persons in Cyprus Paul Sant Cassia
11. Postscript: Reflections on an Anthropology of Cyprus Vassos Argyrou

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