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Tradition Makers. The Recognition Process of a Local Dance: From the Village to the Institutions

  • Lydia Zeghmar
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Abstract

This chapter examines a specific local folk dance tradition called zeybek. It details various aspects of the set-up of the local cultural scene around zeybek folk dances while observing the indexation of a local dance (in this case the zeybek) from the village of Eğridere (Tire) to the national folk dance repertoire. Emblematic of the Aegean region, the zeybek musical and choreographic repertoire symbolizes both the regional spirit and a national anchorage in the cultural institutions of the Turkish state. The chapter questions the consequences of performing “traditional dances” outside of their original context. It argues that zeybek cultural activities are playing a significant role in the communication between urban centers and rural areas, and it sketches a regional network of individuals, associations, and state regional institutions.

Keywords

Anthropology Folklore Dance Zeybek Tire Aegean Region Folklorisation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lydia Zeghmar
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  1. 1.Centre for Comparative Sociology and Ethnology (LESC)ParisFrance

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