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Introduction

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...The conditions and basic necessities on which the society was formed have maintained the social phenomenon of the ‘sworn virgin’: ‘It exists not as a fossil, but as an expression of the varied economic methods in this patriarchal society...

Asserting their Masculinity

Antonia Young

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...Gender is social practise that constantly refers to bodies and what bodies do, it is not social practise reduced to the body. Indeed reductionism presents the exact reverse of the real situation. Gender exists precisely to the extent...

The Portrayal of Balkan Dress in Western Travel Books

Antonia Young

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Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 9 : East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus

Berg, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Only a few Western travelers have focused specifically on the dress they encountered, and travel books generally devote a very small proportion of their texts and illustrations to clothes or national dress, often observing simply...

The Changing World

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...‘The vital factor in assessing transformation within the village community is the way local individuals assess changes that have taken place within their lifetimes . . . we can gain some insight into the meaning of change by looking...

Geography and Climate: Southeast Europe

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 9 : East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus

Berg, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Southeast Europe is predominantly mountainous, with steep valleys and flat plains; in the early twenty-first century it is occupied by Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia...

Living as Men

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...This is the most extraordinary custom of mountain Albania: If a girl refuses to marry the bridegroom chosen by her parents, to whom she may have been betrothed before birth, she must shear her head and turn herself as far as possible...

The ‘Kanun’: Laws of Honour and Hospitality

Antonia Young

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...‘A man who has been dishonoured is considered dead according to the Kanun.’ The Kanun Many of northern Albania’s people still live by the strict laws of the Kanun whose 1,262 Articles, set out in the twelve ‘books’ cover all aspects...

Tree of Blood, Tree of Milk

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...Article CII in S. Gejçov (1989), Kanuni i Lekë Dukagjinit (The Code of Lek Dukagjini), translated by L. Fox, New York: Gjonlekaj Publishing Co. See also C. Donert: ‘The trees of blood and milk referred to in the Kanun metaphorically...

Dress as a Signifier of Gender

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...A. Gjergji (1988), Veshjet Shqiptare në Shekuj: Origjina Tipologjia Zhvillimi (Albanian Costume Through the Centuries: Origin, Typology, Development), Tirana: Academy of Sciences, p. 236. In this very comprehensive volume, Gjergji even...

Who are the ‘Sworn Virgins’?

Antonia Young

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Women Who Become Men : Albanian Sworn Virgins

Berg, 2000

Book chapter

...Because it is such a powerful force in the world today, the Western Judeo-Christian tradition is often accepted as the arbiter of ‘natural’ behavior of humans. If Europeans and their descendant nations of North America accept something...