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ERIC Number: EJ949768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0653
Greek American Ethnic Identity, Cultural Experience and the "Embodied Language" of Dance: Implications for Counseling
Issari, Philia
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v33 n4 p252-265 Dec 2011
This ethnographic study aims to contribute to better counseling services for the Greek American population in the U.S. by providing cultural knowledge and insight into one of the smaller ethnic groups that has been overlooked in the literature. More specifically, it explores the role of the "embodied language" of dance in the formation of Greek American ethnic identity and the transmission of sociocultural knowledge and practices. The findings suggest that ethnic dances constitute a significant medium of transmission of cultural knowledge, and socialization into the life of the Greek American community through role modeling and intergenerational contact, as well as opportunity for fellowship and interaction with people who share common practices and traditions. All of the above contribute to a strong identification with the particular community and the development of ethnic identity. Implications for research and theory development in counseling, taking into account the embodied construction of ethnic identity, are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece