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Gender in Traditional Music Revivals on the Island of Rhodes, Greece Open Access


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Greek traditional music
gender in Greece
Greek music revivals
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University of Alberta
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Sokil, Allison
Supervisor and department
Frishkopf, Michael (Department of Music)
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Reyns, Chris (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Frishkopf, Michael (Department of Music)
Pylypiuk, Natalia (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department of Music

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Master of Arts
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Traditional music revivals on the island of Rhodes, Greece, are accepted as a socially condoned space for women to expand on and contest traditional gender models locally. In examining the distinct ways in which two, professional, female singers, Xristína Kóza and Matína Mástora, engage with preservation, education, and performance roles, I argue that women have gained an increasing centrality in the transmission of traditional music locally, nationally, and internationally. By exploring the relationship between gender and traditional music in the context of Rhodes’ tumultuous history, the current economic and sociopolitical crisis, and in relation to the long-term impacts of modernity, I aim to illuminate how women have become leading figures in revival movements and how this has encouraged the recontextualization and decontextualization of traditional music practices to ensure the longevity of these vibrant traditions (Hill and Bithell 2014). In an effort to address the current gap in ethnomusicological literature that has yet to explore the rich musical traditions from the island of Rhodes and the complex relationship between gender and expressions of these distinct music traditions locally, this thesis attempts to illuminate the intersections of power, prestige, and gender through the tripartite framework of women’s roles in Rhodian, traditional music revivals.
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