Contested Mediterranean Spaces Ethnographic Essays in Honour of Charles Tilly

by Maria Kousis

Part of the Space and Place Series

Contested Mediterranean Spaces Ethnographic Essays in Honour of Charles Tilly Synopsis

It is well known that Charles Tilly left scholars of big structures, large processes, and huge comparisons a tall research agenda. It is less acknowledged that he also left political ethnographers an impressive and provocative set of tools. In the skilled hands of the contributors to this insightful volume, the 'Tilly toolbox' is put to good work in the service of a theory-driven and empirically-grounded exploration of Mediterranean contentious landscapes. * Javier Auyero, University of Texas, Austin; Editor, Qualitative Sociology Contested Mediterranean Spaces rescues a cultural geography from the essentialist circularities to which it was once often reduced. These authors examine how circum-Mediterranean identities, at every level from the clan to the nation-state, exhibit the complex impact of ideological and political manipulation. They show how this hothouse of Europe's self-ascribed cultural origins has been characteristically prey to spatial cleansing, gentrification, and bigotry; they also document a regional activism that seeks more tolerant and environmentally benign futures. By problematizing the political and intellectual manipulations as well as the ideological tensions that inform such revivals of the Mediterranean as category and concept, they persuasively refurbish a tired regionalism with refreshing critical and comparative interest. * Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University; Author of Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Rome

Contested Mediterranean Spaces Ethnographic Essays in Honour of Charles Tilly Press Reviews

It is well known that Charles Tilly left scholars of big structures, large processes, and huge comparisons a tall research agenda. It is less acknowledged that he also left political ethnographers an impressive and provocative set of tools. In the skilled hands of the contributors to this insightful volume, the 'Tilly toolbox' is put to good work in the service of a theory-driven and empirically-grounded exploration of Mediterranean contentious landscapes.A - Javier Auyero, University of Texas, Austin; Editor, Qualitative Sociology Contested Mediterranean Spaces rescues a cultural geography from the essentialist circularities to which it was once often reduced. These authors examine how circum-Mediterranean identities, at every level from the clan to the nation-state, exhibit the complex impact of ideological and political manipulation. They show how this hothouse of Europe's self-ascribed cultural origins has been characteristically prey to spatial cleansing, gentrification, and bigotry; they also document a regional activism that seeks more tolerant and environmentally benign futures. By problematizing the political and intellectual manipulations as well as the ideological tensions that inform such revivals of the Mediterranean as category and concept, they persuasively refurbish a tired regionalism with refreshing critical and comparative interest.A - Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University; Author of Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Rome

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857451323
Publication date: 30th September 2010
Author: Maria Kousis
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 330 pages
Categories: Anthropology, Sociology,

About Maria Kousis

Maria Kousis is Professor of Sociology (Development and Environment) at the University of Crete. Her publications include a two volume special issue of American Behavioral Scientist on Mediterranean Political Processes in Historical-Comparative Perspective (with Charles Tilly and Roberto Franzosi, 2008), Economic and Political Contention in Comparative Perspective (with Charles Tilly, 2005), Environmental Politics in Southern Europe: Actors, Institutions, and Discourses in a Europeanizing Society (with Klaus Eder, 2001), as well as articles in social movement and environment journals; they focus on Mediterranean and Southern European regions. She has coordinated or participated as partner in European Commission projects including EuroMed Heritage II, Environment and ...

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