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Prince Peter: Greece, Modernity, & the Development of Anthropology

Michael Harkin

Michael Harkin, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Location: Agia Marina, Greece
Department: Department of Anthropology
Team: Michael Harkin and research assistant Elly Maria Papamichael exploring the development of a national school of anthropology in Greece


Research Question
We are exploring the development of a national school of anthropology in Greece, on the periphery of Europe, and Prince Peter, who held a Ph.D. in anthropology from the London School of Economics, who believed that anthropology was as I have termed it a “technology of liberal democracy.”

Significance
Anthropology is closely connected with the process of liberalization of democracies in Europe during the 20th century. Traditions in “peripheral” European countries are especially significant to those nation-states.

Methods Used
Interviews, archival research.

Conclusions/Outcomes
A paper on Prince Peter will be presented at the panel “Anthropologies from the Periphery of Europe” at the 2018 European Association of Social Anthropologists meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. A version of this paper will be published in a Greek journal. In the longer term, a book on Peter and the development of anthropology in Greece will be completed.

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