School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: SA-112 Semester: 4st
Course Title: Greek Ethnography
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General Background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: This course presents the findings of ethnographic research on Greek society. It aims at presenting to Greek students the critical perspective, that social anthropology is, through the familiar example of their own society. In this respect It invites students to participate in a process of “de-familiarization” with what they often take for granted and it thus works as a first step to critical “self-knowledge”.

    General Competences: This course contributes to the establishment of a critical perspective on self and other. In connection to many other courses in the same program of studies, it cultivates an attitude of understanding and tolerance towards alterity but also invites in creative and inductive thinking.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    This course examines the relation of social anthropology with the rest of the social sciences in Greece. It also examines the development of Greek anthropological thought in three successive phases: a first postwar phase, when Greece was studied by foreign ethnographers as if it was an “other society”, a second phase in the 1980s, when a gender perspective is anthropologically applied in the study of Greek society, and a third phase, from the 1990s onwards, when the focus turns on various forms of cultural differentiation, in connection to either ethno-cultural minorities or various categories of immigrants. The course covers a wide range of topics: the value system of “honour and shame” as depicted in the classical monographs on the Mediterranean, the construction of gender and sexuality, kinship and the family, female sociality and religion, male sociality and the coffeehouse. It also discusses the recent processes of cultural differentiation in Greek society.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Students have access to the page of the course in eclass
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Autonomous study and exam preparation 83
    Examination 3
    Course total: 125
    Student performance evaluation: Final examination


    • Ε. Παπαταξιάρχης και Θ. Παραδέλλης (επιμ.), Ταυτότητες και φύλο στη σύγχρονη Ελλάδα: Ανθρωπολογικές προσεγγίσεις, Αθήνα: Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου και εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, 1992.
    • Ε. Παπαταξιάρχης (επιμ.), Περιπέτειες της ετερότητας: Η παραγωγή της πολιτισμικής διαφοράς στη σημερινή Ελλάδα, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, 2006, Δεύτερη έκδοση (με νέα εισαγωγή) 2014.
    • Ε. Παπαταξιάρχης και Θ. Παραδέλλης (επιμ.), Ανθρωπολογία και παρελθόν: Συμβολές στην κοινωνική ιστορία της νεότερης Ελλάδας, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, 1993.
    • M.Herzfeld, Η Ανθρωπολογία μέσα από τον καθρέπτη, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 1998.
    • Μ.Ε. Handman, Βία και πονηριά: Άντρες και γυναίκες σ’ ένα Ελληνικό χωριό, Αθήνα: Kαστανιώτης, 1987.
    • J. Cowan, Η πολιτική του σώματος: Χορός και κοινωνικότητα στη βόρεια Ελλάδα, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 1998.