Book: Iron in the Soul: Dispacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus
A book by Peter Loïzos (Anthropology, LSE):
Iron in the Soul: Dispacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus (Berhahn, 2008)
In his vivid, lively account of how Greek Cypriot villagers coped with a thirty-year displacement, Loïzos follows a group of people whom he encountered as prosperous farmers in 1968, yet found as disoriented refugees when revisiting in 1975. By providing a forty year in-depth perspective unusual in the social sciences, this study yields unconventional insights into the deeper meanings of displacement. The author argues for a closer collaboration between anthropology and the life sciences, suggesting that qualitative life-history data have an important role to play in the understanding of how people cope with collective stress.