Ethnicity as an Organisational Concept in the Life of the Community

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2005
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Nicolacopoulos, Toula
Vassilacopoulos, George
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Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek
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In this paper we explore ethnicity as a basic organisational concept in the life of the Greek-Australian communities. We begin our discussion by outlining two conceptions of ethnicity that we call static and dynamic. We explain the ways in which these conceptions have respectively informed two types of community organisation that have been influential in the life of the communities. These are the Greek Orthodox Communities and the Greek workers leagues that have operated in Australian cities for most of the twentieth century. In our discussion we explain the strengths and limits of the concept of ethnicity for organisational purposes, through an analysis of its uses as the basis of members’ organisational unity.
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Greek Research, Greece, Australia, language, literature, Toula Nicolacopoulos, George Vassilacopoulos
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Nicolacopoulos, Toula and Vassilacopoulos, George 2005. Ethnicity as an Organisational Concept in the Life of the Community. In E. Close, M. Tsianikas and G. Frazis (eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University April 2003", Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 263-274.