Avgoulas, Maria-Irini and Fanany, Rebecca 2013, Maintenance of cultural identity, in ATINER 2013 : Proceedings of the 15th Athens Institute for Education and Research Conference, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, pp. 5-15.
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The aim of this qualitative study is to explore the transmission of health beliefs among three generations of Greek families in Melbourne, Australia and the way they understand both health and disease as an aspect of cultural maintenance in the context of the larger Australian society. More specifically this paper will discuss the extent to which the immigrant generation has created a memory culture and how this has affected the sense of cultural identity of the first and second generation Greek Australians. Unlike the mainstream Australian community, the Greek population has so far maintaned a traditional framework due to the importance they ascribe to both culture and traditions that have been handed down from from the immigrant generation to the first and second generation Greek Australians. However, it is not only the immigrant generation that holds on to these traditions. More and more the first and second generation Greek Australians are set on maintaining their Hellenic heritage, and many community organizations in Melbourne, Australia are now largely supported by the younger generations. The results of this study have practical applications in elucidating how the memory culture that has been created by the immigrant generation may impact this cultural group’s conceptualization of health and the potential this may have to impact the use of health care by providin insight into the role of culture in forming individual or group conceptulizations of health in this community.
4/9/13 - Editor - Gregory Papinakos is President of ATINER and introduced the Conference Paper Series. SjoyD
Field of Research
200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies 200310 Other European Languages