Good>Very Good. "Honour, family, and patronage refer to the fundamental values and institutions of a traditional community of Sarakatsani shepherds in the Greek mountains. The community comprises six hundred mutually antagonistic and competing families whose members accept few moral obligations beyond the immediate family and a restricted circle of kin. In this fragmented society, unrelated men view one another with intense distrust. Inevitably, economic and civid cooperation are severly limited. A system of social values based on concepts of honour, strength, and pride guides the Sarakatsani away from apparent anarchy in their communal life. Relations between the community and the wider Greek society consequently take specific forms of social and political patronage" Classic scholarly study of the lifestyle & motivations of the transhumant Sarakatsani shepherd community in Greece. Meticulous fieldwork (1950s) and fascinating observations: a classic.
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