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Title: Cookbooks, Memories and Family Recipes: Greek Cypriot immigrants' cultural maintenance and adaptation in Melbourne
Authors: Kalivas, Tina
Keywords: Greek Research
Greece
Australia
Tina Kalivas
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek
Citation: Kalivas, Tina 2009. Cookbooks, Memories and Family Recipes: Greek Cypriot immigrants' cultural maintenance and adaptation in Melbourne. In E. Close, G. Couvalis, G. Frazis, M. Palaktsoglou, and M. Tsianikas (eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2007", Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 207-214.
Abstract: This paper draws from a larger oral history project on the domestic food cultures of a group of Greek Cypriots residing in Melbourne between 1947 and 2003. It explores the ways in which food, and specifically recipes, reveal immigrants’ processes of cultural maintenance and change. By analysing these immigrants’ accounts I show how memories and practical knowledge from mothers, families and friends were important for immigrants’ attempts to maintain their heritage and culture, not only in the food they ate, but also their relationships and personal identities. In line with this, I further argue that cookbooks and other popular media also provided important sources for innovation and cultural transmission. Sharing recipes amongst friends and family in Melbourne was a means for Greek Cypriot immigrants to communicate and negotiate relationships with others; in doing so they also reinforced and contributed to new knowledge about Cypriot identity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/8082
ISBN: 9780725811341
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the 7th Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, 2007

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