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LIVING AND CARING BETWEEN TWO CULTURES

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The ethnic minority home has often been described as the starting point where the ethnic language, the cultural values and norms are initially passed on through the family hierarchy, gender relations and kinship networks. Indeed, many studies refer to the traditional family unit as the basic unit of support for Greek Diaspora communities around the world. The home has often been seen as the women's domain, with gender relations playing an important role in reproducing social capital, reinforcing the cultural norms of the historic ‘homeland' and negotiating the provision of care. The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary exploration of these issues in relation to Greek communities in Britain and their transnational family networks with particular emphasis on a Greek-British family. Furthermore, I will examine the meanings attached to the notion of ‘home' in a transnational context and the management and reproduction of ethnic identities between home and host constructions. Narrative life-story data of one female participant will form the empirical basis of this discussion. Le foyer de l'immigré a souvent été décrit comme le point de départ de transmission de la langue, des valeurs et des normes culturelles de sa minorité ethnique dès lors liée à la hiérarchie familiale, aux rôles féminins et masculins et aux réseaux de parenté. Beaucoup d'études font référence au noyau familial traditionnel en tant que référence première pour la Diaspora à travers le monde. Le foyer est souvent vu comme le domaine d'action de la femme, les rapports homme/femme jouant un rôle important dans la reproduction du capital social. Tous ces éléments renforcent les normes culturelles de la ‘patrie' d'origine et fournissent l'essentiel des ressources affectives. Le projet de cet article est de donner une première approche de la question fondée sur l'approche des communautés grecques au Royaume Uni et celle de leurs réseaux familiaux transnationaux, le cas d'une famille ayant été plus particulièrement approfondie. L'article examine le sens attaché à la référence au ‘chez soi' dans un contexte transnational ainsi que la manière de gérer l'identité ethnique et de la reproduire entre construction du pays de départ et du pays d'accueil. ethnicité, identité, diaspora grecque, genre, récits, obligations familiales
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Keywords: ethnicity, identity, Greek Diaspora, gender, narratives, family obligations

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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