Greek Americans: Struggle and Success

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Transaction Publishers, Nov 27, 2013 - Social Science - 256 pages
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This is an engrossing account of Greek Americans‚ their history, strengths, conflicts, aspirations, and contributions. Blending sociological insight with historical detail, Peter C. and Charles C. Moskos trace the Greek-American experience from the wave of mass immigration in the early 1900s to today. This is the story of immigrants, most of whom worked hard to secure middle-class status. It is also the story of their children and grandchildren, many of whom maintain an attachment to Greek ethnic identity even as they have become one of America‚ s most successful ethnic groups. As the authors rightly note, the true measure of Greek-Americans is the immigrants themselves who came to America without knowing the language and without education. They raised solid families in the new country and shouldered responsibilities for those in the old. They laid the basis for an enduring Greek-American community. Included in this completely revised edition is an introduction by Michael Dukakis and chapters relating to the early struggles of Greeks in America, the Greek Orthodox Church, success in America, and the survival and expansion of Greek identity despite intermarriage. This work will be of value to scholars of ethnic studies, those interested in Greek culture and communities, and sociologists and historians.
 

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Contents

The Greek Comes to America
1
2 From Brawn to Brains
41
3 The Greek Orthodox Church in the New Secular World
87
4 Greek American Ideology and Politics
109
5 Success in America
139
6 Maintaining a Greek American IdentityPresent and Future
175
Becoming Greek American A Family and Personal Memoir
205
Bibliography
217
Index
227
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Peter C. Moskos is associate professor in the department of law, police science, and criminal justice administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York’s Doctoral Program in Sociology. He is the author of Cop in the Hood and In Defense of Flogging.

Charles C. Moskos (1934-2008) was professor emeritus of sociology at Northwestern University. His books include The New Conscientious Objection and The American Enlisted Man.

Michael Dukakis was governor of Massachusetts from 1983 to 1991 and also ran for the US presidency in 1988.

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