Gave insights to how middle class, Catholic, white Americans living in the Sub urbs experienced and expressed their ethnicities. 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 Author Discovers A Surprisingly Resilient Sense Of Ethnicity Among People Who Could Reasonably Label Themselves Simply American Mary Waters Research Brings To Light A Fascinating History Of American Immigration, Revealing Aspects Of A Shared Culture And Ideology And The Unique Ways In Which Ethnic Identities Fulfill Very American Needs Describing The Symbolic Ethnicity Of Later Generation White Ethnics As A Quintessential American Phenomenon, She Argues That Ethnicity Has Retained Its Importance In Our Lives Precisely Because It Allows People To Reconcile The Contradictory American Values Of Choice, Individuality, And CommunityIn Addition To Her Exploration Of The Symbolic Ethnicity Of Later Generation Middle Class Whites, Mary Waters Addresses Its Cost To Society, Contrasting It With The Optionless Ethnicity Of Non White Americans Her Conclusions In Ethnic Options Constitute An Invaluable Contribution To Our Understanding Of Contemporary American Life A really interesting book that discusses the concepts of choice versus constraint in terms of ethnic identification in the United States Interesting premise, a little repetitive until the last 5 pages when Waters drops the truth bombs regarding race vs ethnicity that she s been holding on to, which consequently made me re think everything she d said in the previous 100 pages Good information, but the study could definitely use an update 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 than most people may think and some of us are privileged to be able to decide which heritages we want to live through and celebrate Although I had to read this book for a class for my minor, I would definitely consider reading another work by this author.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the
- 224 pages
- Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America
- Mary C. Waters
- 05 August 2019 Mary C. Waters