Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End: Ephemeral Identities in an Italian American Community

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A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.
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...this ambitious work provides critical research to scholars and Italian Americans ... Ferraiuolo's observations capture the human story of how North Enders, despite the loss of traditions transported at the turn of the century from rural southern Italian villages, remained faithful to their distant ancestry ... The story Ferraiuolo brings to light ... is a human one.— Journal of American Ethnic History

"...Ferraiuolo explores the complex and vibrant community life of Italian Americans living in Boston's North End. Although he focuses on the cycle of religious festivals that spans every weekend of the summer, Ferraiuolo persuasively demonstrates the far-reaching effects of these performances beyond the periods of their enactment ... the book is a contribution to the anthropological literature on ethnic identity and festive practices."— Italian American Review

"This book is well written, well organized, and meticulously researched, with great attention to historical, political, and contextual factors. Not since Robert Orsi's The Madonna of 115th Street has a scholarly work captured so much of the Italian American experience in such depth and detail."— Sabina Magliocco, author of The Two Madonnas: The Politics of Festival in a Sardinian Community
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438428109
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Series: SUNY series in Italian/American Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 307
  • Sales rank: 1,086,671
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Augusto Ferraiuolo is Lecturer and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University.

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Table of Contents

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1. The North End

2. Diasporas, Ethnic Enclaves, and Transnational Perspectives

3. The Societies of Saints

4. The Festive Practices

5. Ephemeral Identities


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