Foreign wives in the Wake of tourism : creating identity on an island in the Greek archipelago

Hellum, Merete

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1998
The title of a journal, publication series: Arbeitspapiere / Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, Arbeitsbereich 1
Volume: 31
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publishing house: MZES
ISSN: 0948-0072
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department I (until 2/1999)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: The study relies on fieldwork carried out during autumn 1997 and spring 1988 on an island in the Greek archipelago. The study focuses on women from northern Europe and overseas who are married to or cohabiting with Greek men and on family formation in terms of creation of identities in a new environment. What happens in the process as these women evolve a meaning and understanding of their situations? How do they make identities in the new environment, and what kinds of symbols are significant for their creation of collective and individual identity? I also ask some questions related to the theoretical approach: is it fruitful to use the terms imaginary place, time/space, similarity and differences in different relations and discourses for an understanding of creation of identity? And are emotions part of this creation of identity and if they are, what can the emotions tell us about how the ¿foreign wives¿ create similarities and differences? When using the terms described above it is possible to analyse the material and find out how people in a new environment create imagined places, which become important for a creation of both collective identity and individual identity (self-identify).

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