Cosmopolitan Knowledge: Impressions from Everyday Life in Athens

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


This chapter is composed of ethnographic stories that take place in Paleo Faliro, the center of the fieldwork in Athens. After noting the general aspects of daily culture of the Rum Polites, the chapter introduces the concept of cosmopolitan knowledge, an extension of the notion of metropolitan knowledge (Rotenberg, R., The Metropolis and Everyday Life. In G. Gmelch & W. P. Zenner (Eds.), Urban Life: Readings in the Anthropology of the City (pp. 60–81). Waveland Press, 2002), with a nuanced specification: their practice of everyday life (de Certeau, M., The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press, 1988) takes as its reference not the present city, but another city of their non-being but yet belonging, one that is far away in space and in time. It is this connection to an Istanbul past that brings the Rum Polites together in Athens, while it delineates them from the Greeks of Greece. By juxtaposing stories, personal narratives, impressions, everyday observations, and narratives, I stress that cultural life is too complex to be taken as a totality, and too variable to be treated as coherent.


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  • İlay Romain Örs
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  1. 1.Istanbul Bilgi UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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