chapter  6
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Marriage and Family in Nohia and Platanos

It would be a great omission to try and understand the appearances and realities of women’s lives in Nohia and Platanos without having looked at the family structure. This chapter examines one of the most conventional topics in Greek anthropology, that of kinship1 and family, and the salient role of these in women’s construction of their collective and individual selves in the villages under study. It concentrates on ways in which certain changes in the respective localities – discussed in previous chapters – have affected women’s lives within the family, an institution through which ‘individuals acquire their key statuses in the village and the compelling rights and duties which affect their relations’ (Loizos 1975: 63).