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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Campbell, John Kennedy
Honour, family and patronage: a study of institutions and
moral values in a Greek mountain community
Published By: Original publisher
Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1964. 11, 393 p. ill.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by J. K. Campbell
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Pastoral activities (233);
Cooperative organization (474);
Mode of marriage (583);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Kin relationships (602);
Kindreds and ramages (612);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a socio-functional study of the moral/social values
of the Sarakatsani, a group of pastoral nomads living in the Epirus region of Greece, in
relation to kinship institutions, family structure, patronage, prestige, and religious
beliefs. It was hoped that through a study of this nature, parallels could be drawn
throughout the Mediterranean area which would thus help to contribute to a study of the
social structure of the entire region. The author begins his analysis with a study of the
interaction of kinship institutions, and the structure of the family, showing how an
individual's moral obligations are concentrated within the extended family and kindred
groups in virtual exclusion of all non-kin, for as the author shows repeatedly throughout
the text families not connected by kinship of marriage (i.e. affines) view one another with
intense distrust. Associated with the above 'institutions' is a system of social values and
attitudes based on concepts of honor, pride, and strength which together guide the conduct
of the Sarakatsani in their communal life. Campbell points out that inevitably these
institutions and values severely restrict the forms of economic and civic cooperation
possible in the community as well as the basic character of the relation between the '…
community of mutually opposed family commonwealths and the rest of Greek society.' Thus,
the end result is the development of a system of social and political patronage. Among many
points of substantive interest in this source is the author's meticulous description of the
Sarakatsani kindreds and their function in the society, the concepts of honor and prestige
and their relationship to social ideals, relations of the nomadic Sarakatsani and with the
sedentary villagers of the area, the organization and function of the 'stani' or 'company,'
a group of related families functioning as a body in the management of the sheep herds, and
the interrelationship of moral/social values with religious beliefs and ideals. The author,
a social anthropologist and research fellow of St. Anthony's College, Oxford, studied
primarily one particular community of Sarakatsani in central Zagori to which he has given
the fictitious name of Neochori and from which most of the material in this source was
derived. Neighboring communities, however, were studied to some extent, and this
information is incorporated into the report. It should be noted here that shortly after the
author began his fieldwork, during the period of 1954-1955, feelings over the Cyprus issue
were running high, and as a result the author's relations with the local authorities were
always difficult. Campbell believes that without the support of the then deputy Prime
Minister, Mr. Panayiotis Canellopoulos, he would not have been allowed to remain, and as it
later turned out, within a week of the deputy Prime Minister's leaving office, he was asked
to leave, thus bringing his fieldwork to an end.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 365) and index
Information pertinent to the Greeks of the Zagori region has been subheaded for the EH01
Greece file rather than EH12 Greek Regional Cultures, since there is already an OWC file on
the former but none on the latter.
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1966
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Sarakatsani, Zagori District, Epirus,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings