Ethnic Families in AmericaPatterns and Variations
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A mosaic of ethnic groups
Reflecting the social and political dynamics in the United States, this edited volume offers an inclusive look at multicultural diversity in the U.S. with extensive coverage of the family life styles, traditions and values of seventeen American ethnic groups.
Providing unique and personal insights, each chapter is written by a contributing author representing a particular ethnic group and is structured in a similar pattern - covering the historical background, key ethnic cultural components, traditional and current ethnic family characteristics, and changes and adaptations to the ethnic family and culture. The book is suitable for undergraduate courses in Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Minority Groups, Social Work with Minority Groups, and Race and Ethnicity.
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:
- Have a better understanding at the multicultural diversity of families in the United States
- Have a deeper understanding of family life styles, traditions, and values of a wide range of ethnic families in America
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Part I: Setting the Stage
Chapter 1: Diversity Among American Ethnic Minorities
Charles H. Mindel
Jeanette R. Davidson
Chapter 2: A “Then and Now” Overview of the Immigrant Family in America
Charles A. Mindel
Robert W. Habenstein
Part II: European Ethnic Families
Chapter 3: The Irish-American Family
Patricia J. Fanning
Chapter 4: The Greek-American Family
Chapter 5: The Italian-American Family
Chapter 6: The Polish-American Family
Mary Patrice Erdmans
Part Three: Hispanic / Latino Ethnic Families
Chapter 7: The Mexican-American Family
Rosina M. Becerra
Chapter 8: The Cuban-American Family
Zulema E. Suárez
Rose M. Perez
Chapter 9: The Puerto Rican-American Family
Lirio K. Negroni
Chapter 10: The Dominican-American Family
Part IV: Asian American Ethnic Families
Chapter 11: The Korean-American family
Pyong Gap Min
Chapter 12: The Vietnamese-American Family
Thanh Van Tran
Phu Tai Phan
Chapter 13: The Chinese-American Family
Morrison G. Wong
Chapter 14: The Japanese-American Family
Chapter 15: The Filipino-American Family
Carl L. Bankston III
Chapter 16: The Asian Indian-American Family
Uma A. Segal
Part V: Historically Subjugated Ethnic Families
Chapter 17: The African-American Family
Dwain A. Pellebon
Chapter 18: The Native American Indian Family
Part VI: Socio-Religious Ethnic Families
Chapter 19: The Jewish-American Family
Charles H. Mindel
Chapter 20: The Amish-American Family
Donald B. Kraybill
Gertrude Enders Huntington
Chapter 21: The Mormon-American Family
David C. Dollahite
Chapter 22: The Muslim-American Family
Bahira Sherif Trask
- Examines the distinctions of those things identified as ethnic (i.e., unique cultural traits, sense of community, ethnocentrism, ascribed membership, and territoriality).
- Looks at the differences between ethnic characteristics and other forces impinging upon minority members' lives - such as economics, social class, and social mobility.
- Considers the impact of liberation movements on ethnic family life, and the effects of family traditions and values on these social movements.
- Addresses the problems associated with the persistence of ethnic diversity in the United States.
- Extensively updates statistical information and changes in ethnic families and culture.
- Studies timely and progressive issues, including the role of the family as the creator and transmitter of values, the future of the ethnic group, effects of youth culture, mass media, and popular culture on ethnic values and solidarity.
- Identifies and discusses the distinctive essence of each ethnic group, including special rituals, values, norms, family roles, extended family relationships and how values are transmitted across generations.
- The book is a comprehensive text on ethnic families and can be used (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) in courses in: ethnic studies; diversity, multiculturalism, and cross-cultural studies; and family studies in sociology, psychology, education, religion, etc.
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