“The Rural Guards’ Logbooks of Incidents” As a Folklore Source: A Greek Island Case Study

Sergis, Manolis G. (Articol)

“The present article is a case study of the logbooks of a rural guard (community warden) in Komiaki of Naxos (a Greek Cyclades island) of the period 1987-1991 and constitutes an attempt to reveal the value of these logbooks as folkloric research sources. More specifically, on the basis of the daily incidents of delinquent behaviours that the rural guard had to record in his logbooks following the Bookkeeping Instructions imposed by the Greek authorities’ views of the world of the rural guards are highlighted and most importantly views of the Naxian society and the microsociety of the village Komiaki. The study demonstrates that such rather unexploited folkloric sources in combination with other ones can significantly contribute to the diachronic study of the folk culture.”

Cuvinte cheie: delinquency, Greece, Greek culture/folklore, inbetween space, Komiaki, logbooks of incidents, Naxos, and rural guards/community wardens

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2015, nr. 1-2, p. 29-56