Encounters with American Ethnic Cultures (Paperback)
University Alabama Press, 9780817304713, 384pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 1990
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.