Dr. Roland Moore, Lecturer, Center for Modern Greek Studies, SFSU

Event Date: 
Sunday, February 9, 1997 - 13:00

"Contemporary Dowry Customs in Rural Greece: Symbolism and Pragmatism" Although legislation passed in 1983 no longer requires the bride's family to provide a dowry to her husband, the practice has not disappeared in rural Greece. Based upon two years of participant observation and archival research in a Central Greek town, this lecture analyzed trends over the past century in the provision of dowries, focusing on the intricate handcrafted fabrics which constitute an essential element of traditional Greek trousseaux. Roland S. Moore, Ph.D., is a Research Anthropologist and Study Director at the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley. His Ph.D. was awarded by the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Moore's fieldwork sites include a Central Greek community, U.S. factories and military bases, and a Southwestern American Indian reservation. His research topics have included gender differences in drinking patterns and hangovers in the workplace. More generally, he is interested in the relationship between employment and alcohol and tobacco consumption patterns and problems, especially among young adults. His most recent research concerns ethnographic evaluations of tobacco policy in California bars. Methodologically, he uses both ethnographic and survey analysis.