Friday, April 11, 2014

Part Two - 1948 Article - The Spartan Greeks of Bridgetown: Community Cohesion



The article - "The Spartan Greeks of Bridgetown:  Community Cohesion" by J. Mayone Stycos was published in Common Ground, March 1948, pp. 24-33.  This is the second in a series of three articles.

"Probably the most striking result of my investigation of the first and second-generation Greek Americans of Bridgetown was the discovery of the unusual amount of community spirit and active co-operation the members manifested.  While stresses and strains on the community do exist, they seem the exception.  The unity is of two kinds, psychological and structural.  The Greeks think of themselves as a unit.  The sense of this unity was frequently expressed.  Several persons said the community was like "one big family," while others showed in their attitudes a preference for those of Greek descent on a basis of "feeling at home," "being with your own kind," etc.  Nearly all those interviewed commented on the friendliness of the Greeks in contrast to "Americans."

. . . .  "The Greek spirit is different.  We are more friendly.  You visit an American house and they ask you where you are staying and how you are doing.  The Greek brings out food; he makes you feel at home.  It is our tradition.  It is not that the Americans mean anything wrong.  Their ways are different. . . . "  

Read the rest of this article through the following link - The Spartan Greeks of Bridgetown:  Community Cohesion




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