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Donnish Journal of Sociology and Anthropology

December 2016 Vol. 2(3), pp. 022-029

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Original Research Paper


Satirical Hetero-Determinations of Tourists in Contemporary Popular Culture on the Island of Samos in Greece


M. G. Varvounis

Professor of Folklore, Department of History and Ethnology, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

Accepted 29th November, 2016.



Abstract


Satirical hetero-determinations constitute an element of Greek social life, and concern verbal manifestations of the manner in which the common person perceives himself and others, self-determines his person and hetero-determines all the others. Because of this, they are of particular interest to folklore studies and - particularly in recent years - have been studied systematically and, indeed, with regard to their historical and atemporal dimension. Satirical hetero-determinations of tourists on Samos, with all that they presuppose and imply, constitute a significant aspect of our contemporary popular culture, in the sense that they are an indication of commonly accepted and widespread mentalities, perceptions and life attitudes, which are in fact part of the core of our contemporary Samiote folk culture. The satirisations do not constitute superficial and facile expressions; they usually reflect deeper situations and more important causes. In the case at hand, it is the feeling of foreignness, its traumatic assimilation and the fear that it might prevail, displacing the familiar and the longstanding, that lead to the manifestations we examine here.

Keywords: Hetero-determinations, Tourism, Popular culture, Folklore, Anthropology, Samos, Social life.

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M. G. Varvounis. Satirical Hetero-Determinations of Tourists in Contemporary Popular Culture on the Island of Samos in Greece. Donnish Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 2(3) 2016 pp. 022-029.


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