School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-258 Semester: 7th
Course Title: Kinship, marriage and family in the Ottoman-Greek world in the 18th and 19th centuries
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Special background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 

    Students are expected to:
    • Understand the importance and historical formation of kinship relations in the societies which are studied in the course.
    • Understand the transformation in the area studied during the 19th century through the prism of the organization of kinship and domestic relations.
    • Test the approach of both ethnographic and historical research in the field of the historiography of the family, combining in this way their two fields of their studies.

    General Competences: 

    The class promotes and reinforces:
    • The production of free, creative and inductive thinking
    • The production of new research ideas
    • The search for analysis and synthesis of data and information that enable the understanding of the social reality.
    • The capability of working independently.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course examines the structure and organization of kinship and domestic space in the Ottoman-Greek environment during the 18th and 19th centuries. It presents the forms of the domestic group, its function as a unit of production and consumption and as a fiscal unit. Special emphasis is placed in kinship relations as they are formed in relation to the type of settlement of the domestic group and their hegemonic role in the establishment of social and economic networks, in the framework of the community as well as of the area, and thus in the ways in which the marital market and marital strategies are functioning. The course also examines the various forms of circulation and transmission of family goods. Special attention is given to the normative function of the legal framework, ecclesiastical and secular, to questions of kinship and marriage and to the ways in which the legal framework sets limits to practice, allows diversions or is transformed under the pressure changing circumstances. Finally, the course deals with the emergence of new models of domesticity in the 19th century, their gender hierarchies and family ties. The domestic space is thus approached as a space of production of various relations, which are determined by a normative framework within which subjects, collective – such as domestic groups and kinship networks – but also individuals, are handling the framework of kinship organization.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology :
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Weekly two-hour lectures 26
    Weekly one-hour tutorials that follow each week’s lecture 13
    Presentation and short-essay writing 60
    Final essay writing 60
    Course total: 159
    Student performance evaluation: Two options:
    • Class attendance of lectures and tutorials
    • Participation in the class with sort presentations and essay writing
    • Written final examination


    Suggested bibliography:

    a) Course textbooks:
    Vernier, B. 1998. Η κοινωνική γένεση των αισθημάτων. Πρωτότοκοι και υστερότοκοι στην Κάρπαθο.
    Παπαταξιάρχης, Ε.– Θ. Παραδέλλης (επιμ.). 1998. Ανθρωπολογία και παρελθόν. Συμβολές στην κοινωνική ιστορία της νεότερης Ελλάδας.

    b) Additional bibliography
    Τεάζη-Αντωνακοπούλου, Ι. 1985. «Η μελέτη της οικογένειας από κοινωνικο-ιστορικής και ανθρωπολογικής σκοπιάς», σ. 43-64, στο Ελληνική Κοινωνία. Επετηρίς του Κέντρου Ερεύνης της Ελληνικής κοινωνίας, Αθήνα.
    Καυταντζόγλου, Ρ. (επιμ.). 1996. Οικογένειες του παρελθόντος. Μορφές οικιακής οργάνωσης στην Ευρώπη και τα Βαλκάνια.
    Καυταντζόγλου, Ρ. 1995. «Η μελέτη του συγγενειακού πεδίου μιας ιστορικής κοινωνίας: πηγές και προβλήματα», σ.113-128, Ο Ίστωρ, 8.
    Καλπουτζή, Ε. 2001. Συγγενικές σχέσεις και στρατηγικές ανταλλαγών. Το παράδειγμα της Νάξου τον 17ο αιώνα.
    Piault, C. (επιμ.). 1996. Οικογένειες και περιουσία στην Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο.
    Κουρούκλη, Μ. 2008. Έργα και ημέρες στην Κέρκυρα. Ιστορική Ανθρωπολογία μιας τοπικής κοινωνίας.
    Papataxiarchis, Ε.– S. Petmezas. 1998. “The Devolution of Property and Kinship Practices in Late- and Post-Ottoman ethnic Greek Societies. Some Demo-Economic Factors of 19th and 20th Century Transformations”, στο G. Bouchard, J. Goy, A.-L. Head-Konig (επιμ.). Problèmes de la transmission des exploitations agricoles (XVIIIe-XXe siècles).
    Κάσδαγλη, Α. 2004. “Family and Inheritance in the Cyclades, 1500-1800: Present Knowledge and unanswered questions”, 257-274, The History of the Family, 9.
    Ελληνική Κοινωνία. Επετηρίς του Κέντρου Ερεύνης της Ελληνικής Κοινωνίας, 2-3. 1994.
    Ε. Βαρίκα, 2004, Η εξέγερση των κυριών. Η γένεση της φεμινιστικής συνείδησης στην Ελλάδα, 1833-1907
    Α. Μπακαλάκη-Ε. Ελεγμίτου, 1987, Η εκαίδευση εις τα του οίκου και τα γυναικεία καθήκοντα. Από την ίδρυση του ελληνικού κράτους έως την εκπαιδευτική μεταρρύθμιση του 1920
    Χ. Εξερτζόγλου, 2010, Οι «χαμένες πατρίδες» πέρα από τη νοσταλγία. Μια κοινωνική-πολιτισμική ιστορία των Ρωμιών της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας (μέσα 19ου-αρχές 20ού αιώνα)
    Ε. Κάννερ, 2012, Έμφυλες κοινωνικές διεκδικήσεις από την οθωμανική αυτοκρατορία στην Ελλάδα και στην Τουρκία: ο κόσμος μιας ελληνίδα χριστιανής δασκάλας
    Ε. Φουρναράκη, 1987, Εκπαίδευση και αγωγή των κοριτσιών: ελληνικοί προβληματισμοί, 1830-1910.