Entangled allegiances: Ottoman Greeks in Marseille and the shifting ethos of Greekness (c. 1790‐c. 1820)*
Author: Grenet, Mathieu
Source: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Volume 36, Number 1, March 2012 , pp. 56-71(16)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
An attempt is made here to consider ‘the Greek experience of Ottoman rule’ beyond the frontiers of the Empire itself, by focusing on the resilience of the Ottoman aspect of collective identity among the Greeks in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Marseille. Beyond the classic questioning of political, social and cultural categories and labels, this article makes a plea for taking this resilience seriously, as part and parcel of a broader process of identity formation in a diaspora context. Making the case for a richer and more complex analysis of the phenomenon of ‘entangled identities’ among the Greeks in Marseille, some suggestions are made for what this claim might bring to the analysis of identity formation in the context of diaspora communities.
Document Type: Original Article
Publication date: 2012-03-01