Race Prejudice and Discrimination: Readings in Intergroup Relations in the United States

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groups are highly afflicted with family disorganization and crime, whereas the Jewish groups have low rates in these respects, but a high degree of mental disorder and suicide. The manifestation of one social problem rather than another is a result of the special history and culture of the group, including the history of discrimination that the group meets in the United States.

The minority community is thus to be distinguished in terms of group identification, group self-hatred, assimilation, the retention of desirable cultural values, isolation from the general stream of American culture, and social pathology.


A. Group Identification and Group Self-Hatred

29. Community Cohesion Among the Greeks of Bridgetown *

J. Mayone Stycos

[ A very thorough analysis of group identification in a nationality group is contained in the following piece by J. Mayone Stycos. The group studied is Greek, and the community in the Eastern states where they live is called Bridgetown. This piece is one of a series that appeared in Common Ground in 1948 and reveals a great deal about the Greeks in the United States. ]

Probably the most striking result of my investigation of the first- and second-generation Greek Americans of Bridgetown was the discovery of the unusual amount of community spirit and active co-operation the members manifested. While stresses and strains on the community do exist, they seem the exception. The unity is of two kinds, psychological and structural. The Greeks think of themselves as a unit. The sense of this unity was frequently expressed. Several persons said the community was like "one big family," while others showed in their attitudes a preference for those of Greek descent on a basis of "feeling at home," "being with your own kind," etc. Nearly all those interviewed commented on the friendliness of the Greeks in contrast to "Americans."

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From "The Spartan Greeks of Bridgetown: Community Cohesion," Common Ground, 8 ( Spring, 1948), 24-34. Copyright 1948 by Common Ground. Reprinted by permission of Common Ground.

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