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German-American Ethnicity in Southwestern Illinois. Immigrant Communities & Ethnic Minorities in the United States & Canada v. 78

By (author) John M. Coggeshall
Format: Hardback
Publisher: AMS Press, New York, United States
Published: 30th Apr 1992
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0404194885
ISBN-13: 9780404194888
Barcode No: 9780404194888
This study takes an anthropological approach to a sociological phenomenon - the ethnic group persistence of the German-Americans of southwestern Illinois. From an anthropological perspective, ethnic identity is based on the recognition of socially-significant cultural distinctions between groups, such as language or dialects, cultural values, stereotypes and customs, differences that the group itself - not the researcher - considers socially significant. The book is organized chronologically, first establishing the area's French and predominant Anglo-American settlement. The next four chapters outline the socio-historical forces that impact on local groups, and then the way in which these forces specifically effect the German-American incomers. The final chapter proposes areas for study and suggests the future of German-American ethnic persistence.

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