Alissi, Albert S.. Boys in Little Italy: a comparison of their individual value orientations, family patterns, and peer group associations

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Title: Boys in Little Italy: a comparison of their individual value orientations, family patterns, and peer group associations

Published By: San Francisco: R & E Research Associates, 1978. ix, 119 p.: ill.

By line: Albert S. Alissi

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Italian Americans (N010)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Tests and schedules administered in the field (125); Ethos (181); Cultural participation (184); Classes (565); Social relationships and groups (571); Nuclear family (594); Extended families (596);

Abstract: This study, dealing in large part with social theory, focuses on the "Little Italy" section of Cleveland, Ohio. The aim of the study was to determine to what extent boys of Alissi's sample (aged 12-18), with similar value orientations also came from similar family types and peer groups. Alissi notes that these social variables were so related as to distinguish the existence of at least three diverse subsystems -- traditional, mobile, and deviant -- which reflected predictably characteristic values, family types and peer group properties. Alissi suggests that "the traditional subsystem was made up of boys with existing value orientations who came from expanded families and belonged to corner-boy groups; the mobile subsystem was made up of boys with achieving value orientations who came from nuclear families and belonged to college-boy groups; and the deviant subsystem was made up of boys with conflicting value orientations who came from mixed families and belonged to deviant-boy groups" (p. 81). The document concludes with appendices showing examples of the questionnaires used to gather the data in this work.

Document Number: 56

Document ID: n010-056

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 112-119)

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Sociologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1999

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio, United States

LCSH: Italian Americans

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