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‘In the margins of Europe’ : Cypriot nationalism, liminality and the moral economy of the financial crisis (2017)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2017). ‘In the margins of Europe’ : Cypriot nationalism, liminality and the moral economy of the financial crisis. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23(1), (118-132). doi:10.1080/13537113.2017.1273691. ISSN 1353-7113

This article argues that Greek Cypriot nationalism has been in large part motivated by the misconceived idea of Cyprus becoming a modern, European society. Although Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, the perception of it by the European north... Read More

Ontology, ‘hauntology’ and the ‘turn’ that keeps anthropology turning (2016)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2017). Ontology, ‘hauntology’ and the ‘turn’ that keeps anthropology turning. History of the Human Sciences, 30(1), 50-65. doi:10.1177/0952695116684310

© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. Twentieth-century anthropology has been operating with the assumption of one nature and many cultures, one reality experienced and lived in many different ways. Its primary job, therefore, has been to render the othernes... Read More

Cosmopolitanism, sociology and the otherness of the other (2015)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2015). Cosmopolitanism, sociology and the otherness of the other. Cultural dynamics, 27(3), 341-356. doi:10.1177/0921374015592653

This article is concerned with the ‘cosmopolitan turn’ in sociology and examines the ways in which the discipline attempts to come to terms with the otherness of the other as a corrective to its own Eurocentrism. It examines in particular the plurali... Read More

Individualization and the aporias of modernity (2014)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2014). Individualization and the aporias of modernity. International Political Anthropology, 7(2), 3-18

Ulrich Beck’s musings on individualization have been described as a theory that provides a convincing explanation of what is happening in society, but has it seemed convincing because of its superior explanatory power or because it says what those wh... Read More

The gift of European thought and the cost of living (2013)
Book
Argyrou, V. (2013). The gift of European thought and the cost of living. New York: Berghahn Journals

European thought is often said to be a gift to the rest of the world, but what if there is no gift as such? What if there is only an economy where every giving is also a taking, and every taking is also a giving? This book extends the question of eco... Read More

“Funerals aren’t nice but it couldn’t have been nicer”. The makings of a good funeral (2013)
Journal Article
Holloway, M., Adamson, S., Argyrou, V., Draper, P., & Mariau, D. (2013). “Funerals aren’t nice but it couldn’t have been nicer”. The makings of a good funeral. Mortality, 18(1), (30-53). doi:10.1080/13576275.2012.755505. ISSN 1357-6275

There is growing comment in both academic and popular writing about the shape and content of funerals today, with general agreement that we are seeing marked changes with a growing trend towards secularisation and personalisation. Despite this, there... Read More

The 'neo-orthodox' in Cyprus: Religious resurgence and western orthodoxy (2010)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2010). The 'neo-orthodox' in Cyprus: Religious resurgence and western orthodoxy. Journal of Mediterranean studies, 19(1), (27-42). ISSN 1016-3476

This essay explores that resurgence of religion in the Greek-speaking world popularly known as ‘neo-Orthodoxy’. It distinguishes between two versions, one that broadly conforms to the stereotype of revitalised religion as a particularistic, exclusive... Read More

Independent Cyprus? Postcoloniality and the spectre of Europe (2010)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2010). Independent Cyprus? Postcoloniality and the spectre of Europe. Cyprus Review -Nicosia- Intercollege-, 22(2), (39-47). ISSN 1015-2881

This essay reflects on the postcolonial condition in Cyprus and argues that political independence does not mean the end of colonialism. Power is not merely what prevents people from doing what they wish to do but also, and more importantly, what col... Read More

Virtualism and the logic of environmentalism (2009)
Book Chapter
Argyrou, V. (2009). Virtualism and the logic of environmentalism

This chapter is concerned with the apparent reversal of the modernist ‘physics’ and ‘anthropology’ in environmentalism; the reversal, that is, of the modernist perception of the physical world and definition of humanity and cu... Read More

The philosopher's gift (2007)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2007). The philosopher's gift. Critique of anthropology, 27(3), 301-318. doi:10.1177/0308275X07080358

This article considers Derrida's critique of Mauss's The Gift and the philosopher's argument that the gift is impossible. In the spirit of the gift, the article engages Derrida in a potlatch-like manner and subjects his critique to the same sort of c... Read More

How Greeks think: about Turks, for example (2006)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2006). How Greeks think: about Turks, for example. South European Society and Politics, 11(1), (33-46). doi:10.1080/13608740500470307. ISSN 1360-8746

Tradition, modernity and European hegemony in the Mediterranean (2002)
Journal Article
Argyrou, V. (2002). Tradition, modernity and European hegemony in the Mediterranean. Journal of Mediterranean studies, 12(1), 23-42

This paper argues that tradition and modernity, invented in European societies with an eye both on the European past and the non-European present, are ontological categories which structure the way we think about the world. This means that the world... Read More