Exploring the Greek Mosaic: A Guide to Intercultural Communication in Greece is a comprehensive exploration of the many facets of Greek life and culture including work, social life, history and society at large. Benjamin Broome deciphers the complexity of Greek culture, drawing on years of living and teaching in Greece to paint a vivid portrait of the Greeks and their cultural characteristics. His prose is enriched with numerous first-hand examples that personalize Greek culture. Exploring the Greek Mosaic seeks to help create positive intercultural relationships with Greek people.
A country steeped in history and myth, Greece remains a largely homogeneous society. While modernized, the country still revolves around certain key cornerstones, such as the village community, family life and the Greek Orthodox Church. Further, Broome explores Greek values, attitudes toward work, communication styles and mindsets and Greek perceptions of Americans. Included is a glossary of Greek words and phrases used throughout the text, as well as a thorough list of resources for further reading.
1 Introduction: Images of Greece
2 Looking Forward to the Past
3 Cornerstones of Greek Culture
4 The Greek Way
5 The Rhythm of Work
6 Images of the Other
7 Developing Positive Relationships
About the Author
Benjamin J. Broome is a professor of communication at George Mason University in Farifax. He has spent the last 15 years on a journey among the Greeks, beginning with a teaching job in Athens immediately after graduating school in 1980-81. He has returned to Greece many times to lead intercultural field studies, work with Greek organizations, attend seminars, and travel the mountains and villages of the Greek mainland and islands. In living with Greek families and working with Greek colleagues, he has experienced firsthand the process of building intercultural relationships.
”Exploring the Greek Mosaic is the result of many years of living, travelling and teaching in Greece. Benjamin Broome has studied Greek life in cities and in remote villages—indeed, all over the Hellenic world—and here he analyzes the Greek character, customs, beliefs, religion, virtues and faults with care, thoroughness and intuition. He is much helped in his task my wide reading, [a] deep awareness of the past and a keen eye, and by his constant participation in Greek life at all levels. His judgment is shrewd and the occasional rigor of his conclusions always tempered by sympathy. All these things give considerable value to his book and will make it an especially useful companion to anyone who is about to be immersed in Greek affairs for the first time.”—Patrick Leigh Fermor, author of Mani