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Sense of Origins
A Study of New York's Young Italian Americans
Sense of Origins

Rosemary Serra - Author
Scott R. Kapuscinski - Translator
SUNY series in Italian/American Culture
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 352 pages
Release Date: July 2020
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7919-4


forthcoming

Summary

Studies the relationship between young Italian Americans and their Italian cultural and historical heritage.

In Sense of Origins, Rosemary Serra explores the lives of a significant group of self-identified young Italian Americans residing in New York City and its surrounding areas. The book presents and examines the results of a survey of many elements including, values, family relationships, prejudices and stereotypes, affiliations, attitudes and behaviors, and future perspectives of Italian American culture. The core of the study focuses on self-identification with Italian cultural heritage and analyzes it according to five aspects—physical, personality, cultural, psychological, and emotional/affective.

The data provides insights into today's young Italian Americans and the ways in which they affect their perception of reality in everyday interactions, while shedding light on the value and symbolic references that come with an Italian heritage. Through her rendering of relevant facets that emerge from the study, Serra constructs interpretative models useful for outlining the physiognomy and characterization of second, third, fourth, and fifth generations of Italian Americans. In the current climate, questions of ethnicity and migrant identity around the world makes Sense of Origins useful not only to the Italian American community but also for the descendants of the innumerable present-day migrants who find themselves living in countries different from those of their ancestors. The book will resonate in future explorations of ethnic identity in the United States.

Rosemary Serra is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Trieste, Italy. She is the author and editor of several Italian-language books in sociology including, Logiche di rete. Dalla teoria all'intervento sociale. Scott R. Kapuscinski teaches English at Queens College, City University of New York.


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4-7919-4/4-7918-7(AL/RM/KRS)




 
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