American dreams an European nightmares: experiences and polemics of second-generation Greek-American returning migrants

Christou, Anastasia (2006) American dreams an European nightmares: experiences and polemics of second-generation Greek-American returning migrants. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32 (5). pp. 831-845. ISSN 1369-183X

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Abstract

The article addresses how spaces of inclusion and exclusion encountered during the relocation and adjustment processes of second-generation Greek-Americans to the ancestral homeland produce multiple constructions of self and nation as well as fragmented discourses of 'Greekness', 'Americanness' and 'Europeanness' in forging a narrative of belonging. Narratives of (be)longing express competing discourses of cultural disruptions and ruptures of identity in the interactive space of 'home' and 'host' countries. Furthermore, the transformation of Greece from sending to receiving country as well as the politics of European integration and identification pose additional challenges to the current metamorphosis of Greek society. Interestingly, the ambivalent character of Greek national identity provides an additional layer of subjectivity through which second-generation Greek-Americans attempt to redefine their sense of self and belongingness to the ancestral homeland.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Anastasia Christou
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:19
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 14:22
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11659
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