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Current Trends of the Linguistic and Cultural Values of the Greek Australian Community in South Australia


Alexandra Holeva 
Adelaide University 
alexandra.holeva@adelaide.edu.au

 

 

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Abstract

The paper investigates the perspectives of Greek origin people as regards their intention to maintain their ancestral culture within the Australian context of social values. This qualitative research study, influenced by Humanistic Sociology, analyses data collected through questionnaires from first and second generation parents and teachers of high school students, and identifies a shift in the cultural values of the Greek community in South Australia towards an equilibrium of shared Greek-Australian values. 

The researcher aims to demonstrate that Greek origin parents, educated in Australia, have incorporated social and cultural values of the dominant culture in their ancestral cultural system and proceeded to the creation of a new personal and ethnic group cultural system, which allows them to maintain a dual identity. This shift, indicative of the need to capture the advantages both cultural identities offer, emerges the logical question: What is the cultural prognosis for the third generation descendents of the Greek Migrants? 

Greek migrants, language, education, assimilation

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Holeva, A. (2004) Current Trends of the Linguistic and Cultural Values of the Greek Australian Community in South Australia. International Education Journal, 4 (4), 212-225.
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