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Unbounded ethnic communities : the Greek-Canadian culturescape of South Florida

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dc.contributor.advisor Yirenkyi-Boateng, S. en
dc.contributor.advisor Ive, R.L. en
dc.contributor.author Caravelis, Mary en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:49:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:49:31Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T10:49:31Z
dc.date.submitted 2007-01-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/1093
dc.description.abstract Drawing insight from ethnic studies along with cultural and human geography, the main focus of this thesis is to identify the cultural survival mechanisms of immigrants by using as a case study the framework of the Greek-Canadian unbounded ethnic community in South Florida. Greek- Canadians, being a twice-migrant group, first in Canada and later in the United States, reflect the challenges contemporary immigrants face in order to maintain their ethnic culture in this increasingly transnational environment. In the past few years, researchers have examined the impact of the spatial concentration of immigrants in large metropolitan areas with little attention centered on ethnic communities that lack geographic propinquity. In order to uncover the cultural survival mechanisms of this immigrant group, this study suggests looking beyond the traditional model. This new model of ethnic community is called `Culturescape.' This contemporary ethnic community not only meets the needs of immigrants but also aids their cultural maintenance and preservation. The use of the realism-structuration framework enables a multi-method research approach in order to examine beyond the level of events and to explore the mechanisms that generate the creation of unbounded ethnic communities. This study combines a number of sources that have been collected over a three-year period. Multiple indepth interviews with Greek immigrants were conducted not only in South Florida but in Montreal as well. Additionally, an on- line structured survey open to all selfidentified Greeks in South Florida was conducted. Field notes from many ethnic events as well as official documents and the Internet were utilized. This research reveals that Greek-Canadians constructed their culturescape as a strategy to maintain and practice their ethnic culture. Their culturescape functions as a traditional geographically bounded ethnic community; however, it is a reflection of contemporary global conditions. Based on this case-study, geographic setting does matter because it structures the way cultures evolve. When immigrants move to a new setting, a two-way process of cultural exchange inevitably takes place. Hence, the Greek-Canadian culturescape is as unique as the setting that creates it. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 276 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject No keywords available en
dc.subject.ddc 305.8009759
dc.subject.lcsh Greek Canadians -- United States -- Florida
dc.subject.lcsh Greek Canadians -- United States -- Florida -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Greek Canadians -- United States -- Florida -- Ethnic relations
dc.subject.lcsh Greek Canadians -- United States -- Florida -- Race relations
dc.subject.lcsh Greeks Canadians -- United States -- Florida -- Race identity
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnicity -- United States -- Florida
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnic groups -- United States -- Florida
dc.subject.lcsh Immigrants -- United States. United States -- Emigration and immigration
dc.subject.lcsh Greece -- Emigration and immigration
dc.subject.lcsh Canada -- Emigration and immigration
dc.subject.lcsh International relations and culture
dc.subject.lcsh Group identity
dc.subject.lcsh National characteristics
dc.title Unbounded ethnic communities : the Greek-Canadian culturescape of South Florida en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.email djagegjj@unisa.ac.za en
dc.description.department Geography en
dc.description.degree D.Litt. et Phil. (Geography) en


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