By Vassos Argyrou
The topic of Vassos Argyrou's research is modernization, as mirrored within the altering nature of marriage ceremony celebrations in Cyprus over generations. He argues that modernization isn't an earthly, revolutionary approach that remodels the lifetime of a society, ironing out neighborhood changes. fairly, it's an idiom--a legitimizing discourse--in which Cypriots characterize, and contest, relationships between social sessions, young and old, women and men, urban people and villagers. while, by means of related to modernization, they're filing to international criteria, and accepting the symbolic domination of Europe.
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As one leaves the main road and turns right toward the village, one is greeted by new, modern houses with flat concrete roofs, each roof accommodating a water tank attached to two solar panels - an unattractive arrangement but quite functional. The village is expanding outwards towards the main road to Paphos, while the center is dominated by old houses built with stone, many of them abandoned. At the square, I stopped by one of the coffee shops to ask for directions. I was immediately surrounded by people curious to know who I was and eager to help.
I was an insider-outsider in the village. I had always been, even before I became an anthropologist. No doubt, I was one of them - they knew who I was, they greeted and joked with me, inquired after my mother and family in Nicosia, invited me for coffee, fed me, asked if I was still single and volunteered advice about the drawbacks of being alone in life. They treated me as a co-villager, at least an "honorary" one. But it was obvious that I was also a stranger. I could feel it, and they felt it too, even though they were polite enough not to show it.
Unlike villages in the hinterland, they have survived the pressures of urbanization. Physical proximity to the town and a relatively good road network meant that people could easily commute to the town for work. 14 As a result, most young people get married and settled down in their villages. The inhabitants of these villages seem to have prospered from tourism at least as much as town dwellers. Moreover, mechanized agriculture and a large irrigation project in the area meant that agricultural incomes were also on the rise.
Tradition and Modernity in the Mediterranean: The Wedding as Symbolic Struggle by Vassos Argyrou