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Prehistoric and Protohistoric CyprusIdentity, Insularity, and Connectivity$
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A. Bernard Knapp

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237371.001.0001

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Insularity, Connectivity, and Social Identity on Prehistoric and Protohistoric Cyprus

Insularity, Connectivity, and Social Identity on Prehistoric and Protohistoric Cyprus

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Prehistoric and Protohistoric Cyprus

Bernard A. Knapp (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to the main themes of the book — insularity, connectivity, and social identity — and recapitulates from those perspectives the material, social, and cultural developments and changes that characterize the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Bronze Ages, and the Early Iron Age of Cyprus. Notions of dominant migrants or colonists, whether from Anatolia in the PreBA or the Aegean in the ProBA, are dismissed. It is argued that if we uncouple people in movement from a fixed (or absolute) sense of place, we will gain a different understanding of the spatial attachments and new modes of communication involved in the meetings and mixings of diverse socio-cultural groups. Detailed consideration of various objects and materials throughout this book has revealed both a mixture and an ambivalence, a visible manifestation of difference that was neutralized as the result of interactive, hybridization practices allowing both migrants and native Cypriotes not only to reconceptualize their material culture but to renegotiate their identities.

Keywords:   insularity, hybridization practices, migrants, colonists, sense of place

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