The Italians of Rochester, New York, Post-World War II: Immigration, Prosperity, and Change (Hardback)Frank A. Salamone (author)
Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 01/10/2013
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This is an intriguing study describing the search for Italian American ethnic authenticity, the inevitable engagement with competing and occasionally conflicting group identities and how ethnic groups more or less successfully navigate and adapt to changing ecological circumstances. This is the final book in the Italians of Rochester Trilogy. In it the focus is on changes in the Italian community in Rochester, NY, as a result of World War II. The new Italian immigrants were different in many ways from what was now the old immigrants and their children. There were, of course, similarities between the groups. The new immigrants had to adapt to the "Americans" of Rochester but also to the Americanized Italians who preceded them. That process is still on going as this book reveals. In so doing this book reveals much about the process of ethnicity and identity in general. Cultural ecology is the major theory I use in the book which more than bows to symbolic interactionism. The manner in which people make decisions is uppermost in my mind. While the focus is on groups in interaction and the multiple ways in which they interact, the fact that groups are made up of individuals who belong to many groups is always in my mind and analysis. People learn to be Italians in a particular ecological setting. They also learn to be both Italians and Americans in particular settings. Rochester is one such setting but it has lessons to teach about ethnicity, identity, and decision making.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 332
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