Encounters with American Ethnic Cultures

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Philip L. Kilbride, Jane C. Goodale, Elizabeth R. Ameisen
University of Alabama Press, Oct 30, 1990 - Social Science - 367 pages
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Encounters with American Ethnic Cultures represents a cultural approach to understanding ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Thirteen chapters, each using an ethnographic field methodology, explore such ethnic experience as the "invisible" (WASPS and African-Americans); "self-chosen" (Welsh-American, Irish-American, and Ukrainian-American); "gender-related" (the Lubovitcher); "religious" (Jewish, Native American, Greek-American, and Puerto Rican); and "dislocated" (Cambodians and the homeless). Ethnographic fieldwork focuses an insider's view on the meaning of ethnic experience in the lives of participants in the research. This volume examines the role and function of various ethnic endeavors in the preservation and maintenance of ethnic identity by contemporary Americans.

 

This five part volume includes:
 

Introduction: Ethnic Culture Analysis—A Course of Study, Jane C. Goodale and Philip L. Kilbride
 

Methodology, Elizabeth R. Ameisen and Carolyn G. Friedman

Part I. Black and WASP in American Cultural Experience: The Invisible Ones
 

Exclusivity in an Ethnic Elite: Racial Prejudice as Boundary Maintenance, Elizabeth R. Ameisen
 

Africans and African-Americans: An Ethnohistorical View and Symbolic Analysis of Food Habits, Carolyn G. Friedman

Part II. Self-Chosen Ethnicity

Unique Americans: The Welsh-American Ethnic Group in the Philadelphia Area, Lorraine Murray
 

Irish-Americans and Irish Dance: Self-Chosen Ethnicity, Erin McGauley Hebard
 

Art and Identity: Ukrainian-American Ethnicity, Jennifer Krier

Part III. Interpretations of Gender and Ethnicity: The Lubavitcher Experience
 

Equality Does Not Mean Sameness: The Role of Women within the Lubavitcher Marriage, Philip Baldinger
 

Strategies for Strength: Women and Personal Empowerment in Lubavitcher Hasidism, Gita Srinivasan

Part IV. Ethnicity and Religion: The Persistence of Collective Representations
 

Our Lives Revolve around the Holidays: Holidays in the Transmission of Jewish Ethnicity, Anna Dahlem
 

Fayetteville or Raleigh? An Analysis of an American Indian Baptist Church, Beth Batten
 

Issues in Greek Orthodoxy That Define and Maintain Greek-American Ethnicity, Karen L. Belsley
 

Es como si fuera la casa de uno: The Role of the Community Church in Maintaining Puerto Rican Ethnicity, Monica Schoch-Spana

Part V. Dislocation and Ethnicity

Cambodian Marriage: Marriage and How it is Changing among Cambodian Refugees in Philadelphia, Rebecca C. Popenoe
 

Ethnic Expression in a Jewish Street Person, Andrew Millstein

Conclusion, Philip L. Kilbride and Jane C. Goodale

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Methodology
15
Black and WASP in American Cultural Experience
23
Racial Prejudice as Boundary Maintenance
25
Africans and AfricanAmericans
77
SelfChosen Ethnicity
99
IrishAmericans and Irish Dance
116
Art and Identity
133
The Persistence of Collective Representations
223
Fayetteville or Raleigh?
240
Issues in Greek Orthodoxy That Define and Maintain
252
Es como si fuera la casa de
268
Monica SchochSpana
293
Ethnic Expression in a Jewish Street Person
312
Conclusion
329
Bibliography
333

Interpretations of Gender and Ethnicity
149
Strategies for Strength
179
Editors and Contributors
360
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Philip L. Kilbride is the former head of the Department of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, where he has taught since 1969. Jane C. Goodale is the head of the Bryn Mawr College Department of Anthropology, where she has taught since 1959. Elizabeth R. Ameisen earned her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College. Carolyn Friedman participated in Bryn Mawr's Ethnography Program in Kenya as an undergraduate. After receiving her M.A. from Bryn Mawr she entered nursing school.

 

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