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Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America

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In this perceptive and revealing study, Mary Waters explores the "reinvention" of ethnicity in the lives of the grandchildren and great grandchildren of European immigrants, asking how their ethnic heritage is lived, maintained, and celebrated. Through in-depth interviews with sixty third and fourth generation white ethnics in suburban California and Pennsylvania, the auth ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 9th 1990 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1990)
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Chrystal Lamb
Dec 16, 2015 Chrystal Lamb rated it liked it
I am not the type of person to just up and read a book like this for no reason unless its got a very interesting topic that I am passionate about. Though the statistics thrown in throughout the book can cause some of the reading to be a bit dry and sometimes it feels like the author does repeat herself, some of her findings and the context of the interviews she conducts really does say alot about who we are and where we come from. America really is a melting pot more than most people may think a ...more
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Feb 07, 2015 Haley rated it really liked it
A really interesting book that discusses the concepts of "choice" versus "constraint" in terms of ethnic identification in the United States
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Feb 21, 2016 Zi rated it liked it
Gave insights to how middle-class, Catholic, white Americans living in the Sub-urbs experienced and expressed their ethnicities.
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Feb 28, 2016 Desh Wallace rated it really liked it
A great way to learn about how the term "ethnicity" came into being in the United States.
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