In this InterAct, Benjamin Broome examines the communication style and cultural patterns in contemporary Greece, known to its residents as Ellada. He deciphers the complexity of Greek culture, providing the reader with an accurate guide for navigating the unknown terrain of its social landscape.
Enriched with numerous examples from the author's travels and sojourns in the country, Exploring the Greek Mosaic is highly readable, yet it presents as in-depth treatment of many key subjects, including the Greek view of history; the importance of village, family and religion; the role of conversation and conflict in interpersonal relations; and the characteristics of the work environment.
Particular attention is given to similarities and differences in perception between Greeks and Americans, and sound advice is presented to those attempting to enter the Greek social world. Managers, diplomats, students and serious travelers will find this insightful examination of Greek culture an especially useful guide to interaction with Greeks, and those teaching intercultural relations will appreciate its refreshing approach to cultural analysis.
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 by wide reading, [a] deep awareness of the past and a keen eye, and by his constant participation in Greek life at all levels. His judgement 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. - Adrian Johnson, former director of the British Council in China