Dance and difference: Toward an individualization of the Pontian self

Magda Zografou, Stavroula Pipyrou

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This article is concerned with Pontic dance, particularly as part of the celebrations of Panayía Soumelá, as a marker of identity for the Pontians in Greece. Adopting a historical perspective, we explore how markers of identity are intimately related to the systemic overvaluation of the Pontian Self. We argue that a strong Pontian referential system is based on the cultivation of clear markers of identity. Drawing on the concept of “the narcissism of minor differences,” we conclude that it is major differences that may promote individualization and cultural tolerance, enabling the Pontian Self to reflexively engage with the difference of the Other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-446
Number of pages25
JournalDance Chronicle
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2011


  • Refugees
  • Dance
  • Nationalism
  • Individualisation
  • Freud
  • Greece


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