Given a 2500 word ethnography to do is a task that have me petrified simply because I do not feel comfortable talking to a complete stranger about their ethnical culture especially with all the stereotypes that African American are subjected to in the United States Of America. My knowledge on Greek culture before this ethnography was very miniscule. Being scared to approach people and ask them about something so sacred as their culture and the cultural traditions that have been passed down. My first objective was to find a site where Greeks usually frequent daily. I goggled "Greek places in Chicago" and was a little excited to find a Greek town in Chicago located in the west downtown area of Chicago. Finding my location to start my ethnography was one less thing on my list to do and God knows my enthusiasm, but the daunting task, for me, was going into a predominant Greek area and feeling a sense of ethnocentrism from the resident of the ...view middle of the document...
Walking eastbound on Madison and Ogden I started to talk to my mind on what might be a good icebreaker to open up a conversation, what question should I ask, and what if people are reluctant to talk to me because of my skin hue? These were a few question that started to surface in my head in order to create doubt, but being vigil as I am I knew it was Satan trying to stop me because he knew my jaunt would be victorious.
The Greek Culture In Comparison To African American Culture.
Greek family vs. African America family:
The Greek society consists of close-knit families where important social organizations have gradually evolved from the idea of family. The word family in Greece refers to a particular social group whose members are related by blood or marriage at different levels or in different forms or combinations. Although family life has changed considerably with the transition from the traditional rural-agricultural life into an urban industrial-modern system, to these days women and particularly mothers in Greece play the most important family roles. It is very common for relatives to work for the same company because Greeks prefer to do business with those they know and trust. Companies are also hierarchical over the traditional respect for age and position.
The deep connection between members is the basis of the elasticity within African American Families. It’s too often understood as interdependence, as reflected by the statement, "I am because you are and since you are therefore I am.” When slavery was practiced in the United States , it was common for them to be separated through sale , however African American families managed to maintain strong family bonds . The practice , perhaps a holdover from African tradition , survived emancipation , with non-blood family , friends commonly accorded the statues and titles of blood relations. This boarder , more African concept of what constitutes family and community , and the deeply rooted respect for the elders that is part of African traditional societies may be the genesis of the common use of the terms like “aunt” “uncle” , “brother” , “sister” etc when addressing other African Americans , some of whom may be a complete stranger