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Divided Cyprus Modernity, History, and an Island in Conflict by Yiannis (Asst. Professor of Anthropology, University of Cyprus) Papadakis


Divided Cyprus Modernity, History, and an Island in Conflict by Yiannis (Asst. Professor of Anthropology, University of Cyprus) Papadakis

[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 CollegeThe 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.


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 *

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

25th June 2006


Yiannis (Asst. Professor of Anthropology, University of Cyprus) Papadakis

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Indiana University Press


256 pages


Regional studies
Physical anthropology



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