Iron in the Soul: Displacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus (Studies in Forced Migration v. 23)

Iron in the Soul: Displacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus (Studies in Forced Migration v. 23)

By: Peter Loizos (author)Paperback

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In his vivid, lively account of how Greek Cypriot villagers coped with a thirty-year displacement, Peter Loizos follows a group of people whom he encountered as prosperous farmers in 1968, yet found as disoriented refugees when revisiting in 1975. By providing a forty year in-depth perspective unusual in the social sciences, this study yields unconventional insights into the deeper meanings of displacement. It focuses on reconstruction of livelihoods, conservation of family, community, social capital, health (both physical and mental), religious and political perceptions. The author argues for a closer collaboration between anthropology and the life sciences, particularly medicine and social epidemiology, but suggests that qualitative life-history data have an important role to play in the understanding of how people cope with collective stress.

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Peter Loizos, Professor Emeritus in Anthropology, London School of Economics, was born in London, studied at Cambridge, Harvard and L.S.E., where he taught Social Anthropology for thirty-three years. As a photographer and documentary filmmaker, Peter Loizos has written a textbook on ethnographic films, and carried out development consultancies in Sudan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh for organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children and DFID. His latest work is an attempt to refine the concept of 'generation' in forced migration studies.


List of Figures, Graphs, Maps and Tables Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Crisis State and Displaced Citizens Chapter 2. Ambivalent Relations: Moments in the Unmixing of a Village Chapter 3. Exits South: Improvisation Vignettes Chapter 4. Economic Recovery: A Retrospective View Chapter 5. Crisis Management by Political Consensus Chapter 6. Revisiting Former Homes Chapter 7. The Referendum 2004: Too Little, and Too Late? Chapter 8. Hearts as well as Minds: Illness and Well being Chapter 9. Coping with Severe Life Events Chapter 10. A Sociology of Argaki Displacement: the Thirty Year View Chapter 11. In Their Own Words Chapter 12. Iron in the Soul: On Grievance and Transcendence Bibliography Appendix I: Cyprus Historical Highlights Appendix II: Main Political Groupings and Parties Appendix III: Presidents of the Republic of Cyprus Index

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  • publication date: 15/06/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781845454845
  • Format: Paperback
  • ID: 9781845454845
  • ISBN10: 1845454847

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