Introduction: Basics and Beginnings

  • İlay Romain Örs
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)


The first chapter offers an introduction to the Rum Polites through sharing of basic information about their social, historical, cultural backgrounds, and the spatial and temporal contexts of Istanbul and Athens. Here I tell the story of the fieldwork as well as the written work, with a focus on their scope, methods, and challenges. The chapter provides an outline of the book that is an ethnographic exploration into the cultural identity of Rum Polites, primarily those residing in Athens, with respect to the ways in which they define this identity in terms of their everyday life, their social relations to others, their constructions of history, their traumatic memories of violence and displacement, and their attachment to the urban cosmopolitan legacy of Istanbul.


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