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Memories of belonging : descendants of Italian migrants to the United Sates, 1884-present / by Christa Wirth.

Author/creator Wirth, Christa
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoLeiden ; Boston : Brill, [2015]
Descriptionxii, 406 pages ; 25 cm
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Subject(s)
Series Studies in global social history, 1874-6705 ; volume 17
Contents Introduction -- Oral history methodology and networks of memory -- Transnational migration networks : the paese in the rising global economy -- Memories of everyday life I : hard work and family life -- Memories of everyday life II : rural, urban, and suburban environments -- Memories of Italianness : pride, prejudice, and consumption -- Memories of Elvira and Giovanni Soloperto : in the shadows of memory and Dante's Divine Comedy -- Memories of the American dream : migration, assimilation, and the homeland -- Conclusion -- Epilogue : Italian Americans as the poster children of the immigrant paradigm?
Abstract "Memories of Belonging is a three-generation oral-history study of the offspring of southern Italians who migrated to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1913. Supplemented with the interviewees' private documents and working from U.S. and Italian archives, author Christa Wirth documents a century of transatlantic migration, assimilation, and later-generation self-identification. Her research reveals how memories of migration, everyday life, and ethnicity are passed down through the generations, altered, and contested while constituting family identities. The fact that not all descendants of Italian migrants moved into the U.S. middle class, combined with their continued use of hyphenated identities, points to a history of lived ethnicity and societal exclusion. Moreover, this book demonstrates the extent of forgetting that is required in order to construct an ethnic identity"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 357-403) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2014038661
ISBN9789004284562 (hardback : alkaline paper)

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