This collection of articles examines the complex nature of identity in the Italian-American community. Sorrentino and Krase have constructed a volume that covers topics of diverse interest, such as the development of Italian-American literary studies and the integration of a uniquely Italian-American sensibility into a larger and dominant idea of European American culture. As an erudite examination of contemporary studies being done on one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States, this work is an essential addition to the ongoing and contentious debates about the nature of ethnicity, identity, assimilation and acculturation in the United States.
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About the Author
Jerome Krase is Murray Koppelman Professor, and Chairperson of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Frank M. Sorrentino is Professor of Political Science at St. Francis College. He is the author ofAmerican Government: Power and Politics in America,Ideological Warfare: The FBI's Path Toward Power, andSoviet Politics and Education.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Review of Italian American Studies Chapter 2 The Essence of Italian American Identity Chapter 3 The Family System Chapter 4 The Twilight of Ethnicity Among Americans of European Ancestry: The Case of Italians Chapter 5 Are Italian-Americans Just White Folks? Chapter 6 Some Sort of Americans: The Working and Reworking of Italian American Ethnicity Part 7 Italian American Politics and History Chapter 8 Mussolini, Sacco-Vanzetti, and the Anarchists: The Transatlantic Context Chapter 9 Concord and Discord: Italians and Ethnic Interactions in Tampa, Florida, 1886-1930 Chapter 10 From Urban to Suburban: Italian Americans in Transition Chapter 11 Italian Immigrant Women in Comparative Perspective Chapter 12 Columbus Whitman and the Italian American Connection Part 13 Italian American Community Chapter 14 Involved and "There": The Activities of Italian American Women in Urban Neighborhoods Chapter 15 Bensonhurst, Brooklyn: Italian Americans Victims and Victimizers Chapter 16 Community and Identity in Italian American Life Chapter 17 Jewish and Italian American Women's Childbirth Choices in the United States, 1920-1940: An Examination of Home Birth Part 18 Italian Americans and Literature Chapter 19 De Vulgari Eloquentia: An Approach to Language of Italian American Fiction Chapter 20 The Evolution of the Italian American Literary Studies Chapter 21 From Italophilia to Italophobia: Representations of Italian Americans in Early Gilded Age Chapter 22 Mater Dolorosa No More? Mothers and Writers in Italian American Literary Tradition Chapter 23 In Recognition of the Italian American Writer: Definitions and Categories