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

R & E Research AssociatesSan Francisco • Published In 1978 • Pages:

By: Alissi, Albert S..

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.
Subjects
Theoretical orientation in research and its results
Tests and schedules administered in the field
Ethos
Cultural participation
Classes
Social relationships and groups
Nuclear family
Extended families
culture
Italian Americans
HRAF PubDate
2000
Region
North America
Sub Region
Regional, Ethnic and Diaspora Cultures
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Sociologist-5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1999
Coverage Date
not specified
Coverage Place
Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Notes
Albert S. Alissi
Includes bibliographical references (p. 112-119)
LCCN
77090360
LCSH
Italian Americans