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Title"It's strange, we're not Italian but we're not Canadian either" : the performance of ethnic identity among young Montreal Italians
AuthorSanchini, Laura Marie Andrea.
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. Folklore
Paginationxiii, 98 leaves : ill.
SubjectImmigrants--Cultural assimilation--Québec (Province)--Montréal; Italians--Ethnic identity; Italians--Québec (Province)--Montréal; Young adults--Québec (Province)--Montréal;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Folklore
Spatial CoverageCanada--Québec (Province)--Montréal
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 139-144)
AbstractThis thesis examines the ethnic and cultural identity markers of some Montreal Italians under the age of 35. The ethnography upon which this study rests was collected through personal, e-mail and phone interviews during the summer of 2008. This study focuses on how members of the Italian community in Montreal choose to shape and inform their ethnic identity through fluid and dynamic identity markers. First, the thesis introduces the reader to the Montreal Italian community and the main informants who were interviewed for this study. As well, the concepts of identity and ethnicity are examined within a folkloric framework. Next, the thesis delineates three case studies. Chapter Three examines the issue of fragmented identity and the change in intergenerational identity markers, using Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as an example of a constantly evolving and complex marker of Italian identity. Visits to Italy by members of the younger generation of Montreal Italians are the focus of the fourth chapter as a way in which my informants reinforce their Italian identity. Finally, in Chapter Five, traditional food preparation such as tomato-canning is explored as a performance of identity and a way to shape and negotiate ethnic association.
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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