Zmegac - Chapter 05
Constructing Difference, Identifying the Self
to other coethnic migrants — for example, Greek, German, Czech, and the
like — the Srijem migrants, after settling in their "ethnic homeland,"
realize that life in a different sociocultural milieu has made them
different from the local population, and, consequently, that shared
ethnonational belonging does not guarantee their customs, worldviews,
and mentalities will resemble those of their new cocitizens.
Differences that they perceive between their mores and those of the
people in the area of settlement serve as the basis for evaluating
local culture and society. Six to seven years after settlement, a part
of the newcomers evaluates local culture negatively.