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Title: Social capital and the offspring of Greek Cypriots in London
Author: Kotsogianni, Argyro
Awarding Body: London South Bank University
Current Institution: London South Bank University
Date of Award: 2011
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This study examines the notion of social capital in relation to British Greek Cypriot ethnicity. The question of what is the relation between social capital and ethnicity is addressed and applied as a basis for this research. There is a large volume of literature on the concept of social capital, but there has been a lack of conceptualization of ethnicity as social capital in the British academic and policy discourse until recently. The definition, which was employed in this research, stems from the ESRC Families and Social Capital Research Group at London South Bank University and considered social capital as the values people hold and the resources they can access, which both result in and are the result of collective and socially negotiated ties and relationships. Based on the consideration of the existing trends in the area of social capital, it was aimed to study the ethnic characteristics of the offspring of Greek Cypriots in London such as language, tradition, religion, patterns of behaviour and beliefs, membership in Greek Cypriot organisations as well as their engagement with the wider society through education, employment, membership in mainstream organisations and political participation in the British setting. The research was supported by evidence through the use of semi-structured interviews of 30 men and women of Greek Cypriot and mixed ethnic heritage and 18 leaders of Greek Cypriot organisations. Participant observation was also used. The research settings were football games, celebrations in Greek schools, dance balls, church services, political demonstrations and attendance in various events and celebrations. Using grounded theory for data analysis, the findings provided insights into the processes of preservation of the Greek Cypriot cultural heritage in a diaspora context as well as the processes of engagement with British society. A sense of ethnic identification through the use of Greek language, strong Greek Orthodox religious beliefs, adherence to family values, and involvement in ethnic organisations is evident through the testimonies of the thirty participants. It appears that Greek Cypriot organisations occupy an important role in the development of ethnic social relations and the production and re-production of social capital.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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