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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Alba, Richard D.
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.
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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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
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