Between Peasant and Urban Villager: Italian-Americans of New Jersey and New York, 1880-1980: the Structures of Counter-Discourse

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CONTENTS
Preface: Structures, Discourses, and the Rhetoric of Working Class Cultureix
I. RITUALS OF DEATH
Chapter One: The Precedent in Italy1
"La Miseria"1
Death and Blackness7
The Fear of the Soul8
Striving for the Signori10
Chapter Two: Transition in New Jersey and New York, 1880 through Mid-Century27
"A Horde of Steerage Slime"28
Hunger and Disease30
Fear of the Soul Persists35
The Struggle for Status37
Chapter Three: The Modernization of Familiar Forms through 198057
A Guiding Force Remains57
"Happy 2nd Birthday in Heaven"63
The Funeral as Holiday65
II. THE CRUCIBLE OF ADOLESCENCE
Chapter Four: The Absence of Adolescence, 1880-192091
An Absence of "Distinctive Dangers"91
The Futility of Moral Perfection96

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