Authentic Ethnicities: The Interaction of Ideology, Gender Power, and Class in the Italian-American Experience

By Patricia Boscia-Mulè | Go to book overview

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The Study Design

The sample includes 58 respondents--33 women and 25 men--all living in the Long Island, New York, area. Their average age is late forties-early fifties.

Respondents belong to the first (immigrant), second, or third generation. Particular attention is paid to the experiences of the first generation group. This group comprises the largest number of respondents--27 versus 16 from the second generation and 15 from the third generation.

I purposely chose the first-generation respondents from the post-World War II immigration period. On the average, they emigrated to this country in the 1960s and 1970s. Their presence is significant on two grounds. First, it helps further our knowledge of the sociocultural experiences of the latest Italian immigrants, which have not yet driven sufficient research efforts--especially at the micro-level of analysis--when compared to the body of scholarly works on Italian ethnics from previous immigration periods. Students of Italian ethnicity still have much to learn on the strategies of sociocultural adaptation of this relatively recent Italian community. Second, the analysis of a group most closely in touch with the original Italian cultural world--and thus expectedly most homogeneous in its ideological makeup--can better show the significance of gender and class variables on individuals' ethnic choices.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - The Study Design 7
  • 3 - Perspectives on Ethnicity 13
  • 4 - The Meaning of Familism 27
  • 5 - Tradition and Family Dynamics: Redefining Women's Domestic Power 47
  • Italians Vs. Italians: Intragroup Perceptions and Relations 69
  • 7 - Gender Differences in Social Behavior 101
  • 8 - A Look at the Third Generation 127
  • 9 - Conclusion 157
  • Notes 165
  • Bibliography 167
  • Index 175
  • About the Author 181
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