Alba, Richard D.. Italian Americans: into the twilight of ethnicity

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Chapter One Ethnicity: Icons And Interpretations

The Heritage Of Classical Social Theory

The United States During And After Mass Immigration

The Renewal Of Interest In Ethnicity

Assimilation Theory After 1960


Coda: The Definition Of Ethnicity


Chapter Two Immigration And The Southern Italian Background

The Mezzogiorno: Social Structure And Agricultural Conditions

Social Structure

Agricultural Conditions

The Culture Of The Mezzogiorno

The Family


The Mafia

The Departure From The Mezzogiorno



Chapter Three The Period Of Settlement: 1880–1930

The Question Of Time

The Immigrants Settle In

Patterns Of Settlement


The Second Generation Emerges

Strain And Adjustment In The Family System

The Mezzogiorno Ethos And American Schools

Organized Crime

American Reaction To Italian Immigration



Chapter Four The Emergence Of The Italian Americans: 1930–1970

The Dilemma Of The Second Generation

The Impact Of World War Ii

Social Mobility


Residential Integration And Suburbanization

Other Changes In The Direction Of Assimilation: Intermarriage, Language, Religion

Change And Continuity In The Family System

Organized Crime

Conclusion: A Resurgence Of Italian-american Ethnicity?


Chapter Five The Demography Of Italian Americans

Types Of Ethnicity Data

Who Counts As An Italian American?

Generational Structure

Geographical Distribution

Social Mobility



Chapter Six Ethnicity's Dimming: Indices Of Assimilation


Searching For Remnants Of The Family Ethos

Some Other Cultural Elements

Structural Assimilation

Organized Crime



Chapter Seven Into The Twilight Of Ethnicity

The Impact Of Ethnicity's Twilight On Americans Of European Ancestry

Explaining Ethnicity's Twilight

What Happened To The Resurgence Of Ethnicity?

The Melting Pot At Last?


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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Italian Americans: into the twilight of ethnicity

Published By: Original publisher Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.. 1985. x, 182 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Richard d. Alba

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Italian Americans (N010)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); External migration (167); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Cultural identity and pride (186); Settlement patterns (361); Occupational specialization (463); Illegal entertainment (548);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document According to Alba the prevalent image of Italian Americans is that of a cohesive group that has retained its cultural viability, while providing its members, on one hand, with a cushioning matrix for social life, and on the other, retarding their entry into mainstream American society. This conventional image and the theoretical views of ethnicity that lie behind it are analyzed here (p. viii). This document contains useful information on immigration, the southern Italian background of the emigrants, settlements in the United States, social mobility, politics, cultural change, organized crime, and demography.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 37

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. n010-037

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document No date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Indigene, Sociologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1991

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1880 -1970

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Italian Americans


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