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The Pace of the Work and the Logic of the Harvest: Women, Labour and the Olive Harvest in a Greek Island Community

Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios (1999) The Pace of the Work and the Logic of the Harvest: Women, Labour and the Olive Harvest in a Greek Island Community. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 5 (4). pp. 611-626. ISSN 1359-0987. (doi:10.2307/2661151) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:52132)

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Abstract

This article considers the meaning of work for women (and some men) in the olive harvest in a Greek island community. Household economic priorities and a spirit of cooperation permeate the harvesting practice in which women (and men) perform hard manual labour. Women protagonists of the olive harvest explain their commitment to this work by reference to their desire to participate in collective household undertakings. Corporate, family-oriented understandings of self-interest are well attested in the anthropological literature on Greece. I present the harvesting practice, its logic and the particular division of labour in it, as an efficient investment in household relationships.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.2307/2661151
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 16:59 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52132 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios: https://orcid.org/http://orchid.org/0000-0001-8453-3450
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