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The Unassimilated Greeks of Denver

James Patterson
Anthropological Quarterly
Vol. 43, No. 4 (Oct., 1970), pp. 243-253
DOI: 10.2307/3316915
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3316915
Page Count: 11
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The Unassimilated Greeks of Denver
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Abstract

The Greek community in Denver began around the turn of the century. As it grew and prospered, the majority of its members moved out of the original Greek Town and today there is only one Greek coffee house left in the area. This kafeneion serves the remaining 40-50 unassimilated old men and the few younger new arrivals. The old men have been largely unsuccessful financially, maintain strong emotional orientation toward Greece, are ambivalent toward U.S. culture and are a source of embarrassment to the dominant Americanized middle class Greek community. The study focuses on the habitués of the coffee house and their peripheral relationship to the larger Greek community and church. It also looks at the conflicts and factionalism within their group and makes some predictions for the future.

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