Encounters with American Ethnic Cultures (Paperback)

By Philip L. Kilbride (Editor), Jane C. Goodale (Editor), Lorraine Murray (Contributions by), Karen L. Belsey (Contributions by), Andrew Millstein (Contributions by), Elizabeth R. Ameisen (Editor), Philip Baldinger (Contributions by), Beth Batten (Contributions by), Monica Schoch-Spana (Contributions by), Jennifer Krier (Contributions by), Anna Dahlem (Contributions by), Erin M. Hebard (Contributions by), Gita Srinivasan (Contributions by), Rebecca Popenoe (Contributions by)

University Alabama Press, 9780817304713, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 1990

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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

About the Author

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.

Praise For Encounters with American Ethnic Cultures

"The papers are of uniformly high quality blending theory and description with accessible affect. Some are exceptional. . . . This book certainly belongs in most college libraries and many public ones as well."
Multicultural Review

"This book is an engaging presentation of the capacity of students to do fieldwork and combine theoretical background with ethnographic method. . . . The use of theoretical background illustrates the value of theory in practical application."
—George DeVos, University of California, Berkeley