Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans along the Eastern Seaboard

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Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity brings together explorations of Portuguese as well as other Lusophone and Luso-African populations that have settled in the immigrant hubs of the port cities and towns along the Northeastern seaboard of the U.S. The contributing scholars offer insight from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives into the histories, cultures, and intertwined social dynamics of these immigrant communities. The still understudied Portuguese-American story — which includes multiple ...
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Overview

Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity brings together explorations of Portuguese as well as other Lusophone and Luso-African populations that have settled in the immigrant hubs of the port cities and towns along the Northeastern seaboard of the U.S. The contributing scholars offer insight from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives into the histories, cultures, and intertwined social dynamics of these immigrant communities. The still understudied Portuguese-American story — which includes multiple waves of immigration that span two centuries, ongoing connections with a global diaspora, and complex relationships with post-colonial populations — has much to offer to our understandings of transnational migration and subsequent processes of identity and community formation among immigrants and their descents.

The contributors to this collection attend to questions about the meanings of citizenship and forms of national belonging; the role of expressive culture and media representations in process of identity formation; the factors shaping trajectories of social mobility and political representation; the complexly interconnected dynamics of work, gender and family in the immigrant context; and the formulations of racial and minority identities in this corner of the Portuguese disapora. The ethnographic richness and productive interplay of the contributions in this volume point to a whole array of new and as yet unexplored questions regarding the Portuguese-American and other interconnected communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933227276
  • Publisher: UMass Dartmouth
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Portuguese in the Americas Series
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KIMBERLY DACOSTA HOLTON is Associate Professor and Director of the Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies Program at Rutgers University. ANDREA KLIMT is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Lusophone Studies in the U.S. – Andrea Klimt & Kimberly DaCosta Holton
CITIZENSHIP, BELONGING AND COMMUNITY
Citizenship, Naturalization and Electoral Success: Putting the Portuguese-American Experience in Comparative Context – Irene Bloemraad
Multiple Layers of Time and Space: The Construction of Class, Ethnicity, and Nationalism among Portuguese Immigrants – Bela Feldman Bianco
Divergent Trajectories: Identity and Community among Portuguese in Germany and New England – Andrea Klimt
EXPRESSIVE CULTURE, MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND IDENTITY
Traveling Rituals: Azorean Holy Ghost Festivals in Southeastern New England – João Leal
Dancing Along the In-Between: Folklore Performance and Transmigration in Portuguese Newark – Kimberly DaCosta Holton
Images of the Virgin in Portuguese Art at the Newark Museum – Lori Barcliff Baptista
Viva Rhode Island, Viva Portugal! Performance and Tourism in Portuguese-American Band – Katherine Brucher
Salazar in New Bedford: History of the Diário de Notícias, New Bedford’s Portuguese Newspaper – Rui Correia
Media-Made Events: Revisiting the Case of Big Dan’s – Onésimo Teotónio Almeida
EDUCATION, SOCIAL MOBILITY, AND POLITICAL CULTURE
Context or Culture: Portuguese-Americans and Social Mobility – M. Glória de Sá and David Borges
The Political Culture of Portuguese-Americans in Southeastern Massachusetts – Clyde W. Barrow
The Role of the School in the Maintenance and Change of Ethnic Group Affiliation – Adeline Becker
WORK, GENDER, AND FAMILY
Portuguese Labor Activism in Southeastern Massachusetts – Penn Reeve
Kin Networks and Family Strategies: Working-Class Portuguese Families in New England – Louise Lamphere, Filomena Silva and John Sousa
Unionization in an Electronics Factory: The Interplay of Gender, Ethnicity, and Class – Ann Bookman
RACE, POST-COLONIALISM, AND DIASPORIC CONTEXTS
The Shadow Minority: An Ethnohistory of Portuguese and Lusophone Racial and Ethnic Identity in New England – Miguel Moniz
Stereotypes of the Tropics in ‘Portuguese Newark’: Brazilian Women, Urban Erotics, and the Phantom of Blackness – Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas
Contested Identities: Narratives of Race and Ethnicity in the Cape Verdean Diaspora – Gina Sánchez Gibau
Angola Dreaming: Memories of Africa among Portuguese Retornados in Newark, NJ – Kimberly DaCosta Holton
Diasporic Generations: Distinctions of Race, Nationality, and Identity in the Cape Verdean Community, Past and Present – Marilyn Halter
REFLECTIONS
Current Trends and Future Directions in Portuguese-American Studies – Caroline Brettell •WORKS CITED
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES
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