Becoming American, Remaining Ethnic: The Case of by Matthew A. Jendian

By Matthew A. Jendian

Jendian presents a image of the oldest Armenian neighborhood within the western usa. He explores assimilation and ethnicity throughout 4 generations and examines ethnic identification and intermarriage. He examines cultural, structural, marital, and identificational assimilation for styles of swap (assimilation) and endurance (ethnicity). Assimilation and ethnicity co-exist as , a bit autonomous, techniques. Assimilation isn't a unilinear or zero-sum phenomenon, yet particularly multidimensional and multidirectional. destiny learn needs to comprehend the types ethnicity takes for various generations of alternative teams whereas interpreting styles of switch and endurance for the fourth new release and past

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Historically, most immigrants entered the United States as members of the lower social classes. Over time, with the attainment of education, ethnics became more geographically and socially mobile. As they moved out of the ethnic enclaves and entered more professional work environments, their ethnic “skin” is said to have been shed. Sandberg (1974) and others suggest that ethnic identity and the salience of ethnicity decline with higher social class status; thus, ethnic maintenance is thought to be more strongly associated with working class individuals.

The family figures most prominently in the individual’s initial identification with an ethnic group. “The family is, of course, the first social group in which an individual becomes incorporated, and the parents’ ethnic identification and the sense of ethnic attachment fostered during childrearing are significant in the formation of the individual’s ethnic group identity” (Keefe 1992:39). Keefe (1992) advocates that future research investigate the role of family member interaction and child-rearing strategies in sustaining social group cohesion through the processes of ethnic identity and affiliation.

Hollingshead’s (1950) findings also supported those of Kennedy (1944) who examined New Haven marriage records for the period 1870-1950 and observed a trend toward a “triple melting pot” of Catholics, Protestants, and Jews. In later generations, she discovered a Protestant “pool,” from which English, Germans, and Scandinavians tended to marry; a Catholic “pool,” from which Irish, Italians, and Poles tended to marry; and a Jewish “pool,” from which German and Eastern European Jews would marry. Some studies of other groups have supported the idea of a multiple melting pot.

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