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Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans Along the Eastern Seaboard (Portuguese in the Americas)

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Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity brings together explorations of Portuguese as well as other Lusophone and Luso-African populations that have settled in the immigrant hubs of the port cities and towns along the Northeastern seaboard of the U.S. The contributing scholars offer insight from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives into the histories, cultures, and intertwined social dynamics of these immigrant communities. The still understudied Portuguese-American story — which includes multiple waves of immigration that span two centuries, ongoing connections with a global diaspora, and complex relationships with post-colonial populations — has much to offer to our understandings of transnational migration and subsequent processes of identity and community formation among immigrants and their descents.

The contributors to this collection attend to questions about the meanings of citizenship and forms of national belonging; the role of expressive culture and media representations in process of identity formation; the factors shaping trajectories of social mobility and political representation; the complexly interconnected dynamics of work, gender and family in the immigrant context; and the formulations of racial and minority identities in this corner of the Portuguese disapora. The ethnographic richness and productive interplay of the contributions in this volume point to a whole array of new and as yet unexplored questions regarding the Portuguese-American and other interconnected communities.

Book News Annotation:

Presented by Holton (Rutgers U.) and Klimt (U. of Massachusetts Dartmouth), 20 chapters explore the Portuguese-American experience through anthropological and sociological lenses, limiting the focus to diasporic experiences in East Coast communities ("in order to extend the ethnographic depth of the collection"). Examples of topics discussed include the construction of class, ethnicity, and nationalism among Portuguese immigrants; folklore performance and transmigration in Portuguese Newark; images of the Virgin in Portuguese art at the Newark Museum; the politics of Diário de Notícias, the Portuguese-language newspaper of New Bedford; Portuguese-Americans and social mobility; the political culture of Portuguese-Americans in southeastern Massachusetts; the role of the school in the maintenance and change of ethnic group affiliation; Portuguese labor activism in southeastern Massachusetts; working class kin networks and family strategies in New England; the interplay of gender, ethnicity, and class in the unionization of an electronics factory; narratives of race and ethnicity in the Cape Verdean diaspora; memories of Africa among Portuguese Retornados in Newark; and issues of race, nationality, and identity in the Cape Verdean community. Published by the Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture, U. of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Literary Nonfiction. Portuguese-American Studies. This collection of essays attends to questions about the meanings of citizenship and forms of national belonging; the role of expressive culture and media representations in processes of identity formation; the factors shaping trajectories of social mobility and political representation; the complexly interconnected dynamics of work, gender and family in the immigrant context; and the formulations of racial and minority identities in the Portuguese diaspora along the Eastern Seaboard. The ethnographic richness and productive interplay of the contributions in this volume point to a whole array of new and as yet unexplored questions regarding the Portuguese-American and other interconnected communities.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933227276
Author:
Holton, Kimberly Dacosta (edt)
Publisher:
UMass Dartmouth
Contributor:
Klimt, Andrea (EDT)
Author:
Klimt, Andrea
Author:
Holton, Kimberly Dacosta
Subject:
Literary Collections : Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : European - Spanish & Portuguese
Subject:
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - Hispanic American Studies
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
650

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Hispanic American Studies
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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"Synopsis" by , Literary Nonfiction. Portuguese-American Studies. This collection of essays attends to questions about the meanings of citizenship and forms of national belonging; the role of expressive culture and media representations in processes of identity formation; the factors shaping trajectories of social mobility and political representation; the complexly interconnected dynamics of work, gender and family in the immigrant context; and the formulations of racial and minority identities in the Portuguese diaspora along the Eastern Seaboard. The ethnographic richness and productive interplay of the contributions in this volume point to a whole array of new and as yet unexplored questions regarding the Portuguese-American and other interconnected communities.
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