An olive branch on the family tree: the Arabs in Canada
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1980. viii, 259 p., plates: ill.
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 1999. Computer File
Arab Canadians (NC05)
External migration (167);
History and culture change (170);
Retail marketing (443);
Age stratification (561);
Ethnic stratification (563);
Ecclesiastical organization (790);
This is a good account of Canada’s Arab immigrant population based on a 1974 survey (the questionnaire is included in the appendix) of 349 Arab-Canadian respondents, living in Montreal and Toronto and on five years of participant observation in Arab-Canadian communities across Canada. Ninety percent of Arab Canadians live in the provinces of Quebec or Ontario. Baha Abu-Laban focuses on the historical background of Arab Canadians, immigration and settlement patterns, ethnic stereotypes, economic adaptation, secular and religious institutions, and cultural identity. Sharon McIrvin Abu-Laban has written a chapter on the family. Arab Canadians have been successful in Canada and have assimilated by and large, although they do maintain their ethnic identity through church, mosque, social clubs, and newspapers.
Document ID: nc05-001
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-252)
Ian Skoggard; 1998