Mediated Greek family: The transformation of refugee families through crisis

Crisis is an experience that in some cases cannot be erased. It is an experience that is absorbed, and creates a strong imprint. What happens if crisis influences a collective group, household, or in this case a family? The notion of crisis for many instances is overlooked and not properly understood. What does crisis mean, and what does it evoke? My ethnographic field work closely analyzed how Afghanistan refugees encountered crisis during their transition into Athens, Greece. The ethnographic context will be focused in Athens at a family day center, for refugees. The ideology of transformation, primarily towards family units and kinship relationships were critically analyzed in the context of the Athenian society. The idea of family and kinship was originally recognized as “distinctly European”, within Athens. This research will analytically examine how this idea is detrimental, towards refugees who are settling in Greece. The anthropological methods which have been applied to this research were informal interviews, participatory observation, and reflexivity, through qualitative analysis. Multi-sited analysis was used to identify what particular groups of individuals were classified as “the other” from the perspective of the Greek population. Inventively, the Greek orthodox is highly incorporated with the Greek identity, which becomes problematic towards the emergence of a new form of a Greek family. Evidently, this ethnography will draw attention to the oppressive experience that several refugee families have encountered. Furthermore, the notion of austerity will be closely examined, in order to understand how the lack of certain resources affects the development of refugee family units, during their transition into the Greek society.

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