Indigenous Persons and Imported Individuals

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260559
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945920 | DOI:
Indigenous Persons and Imported Individuals

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Greece is one of the most homogeneous countries in Europe, where over 95 percent of the population are declared Orthodox Christians. It is still a country where church and state are not separated, and there are heated debates about whether this is a negative or a positive feature of the modern Greek nation-state. This chapter focuses on a rather specific aspect of life in contemporary Greece—that of personal identification—a feature that is undergoing radical though largely unperceived change. Since this phenomenon is linked to political, economic, and ideological transformations and refers to religious constructs of the person, its analysis necessarily bears upon much broader issues, such as secularization, modernization, and Westernization. The analysis covers some aspects of legislative modernization, particularly the revision of the Family Law code in 1983, and the hotly contested issue of a new form of ID card, where religious affiliation was deemed to be a private matter.

Keywords: Greece; Orthodox Christians; Greek nation-state; personal identification; Family Law; religious affiliation

Chapter.  10306 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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