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Making Italian America : consumer culture and the production of ethnic identities

Author: Simone Cinotto
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, ©2014 2014.
Series: Critical studies in Italian America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"How do immigrants and their children forge their identities in a new land--and how does the ethnic culture they create thrive in the larger society? Making Italian America brings together new scholarship on the cultural history of consumption, immigration, and ethnic marketing to explore these questions by focusing on the case of an ethnic group whose material culture and lifestyles have been central to American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simone Cinotto
ISBN: 9780823256242 0823256243 9780823256235 0823256235
OCLC Number: 878536340
Awards: Winner of John G. Cawelti Award for Best Textbook/Primer in Popular and American Culture 2015
Description: ix, 317 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. All things Italian: Italian American consumers, the transnational formation of taste, and the commodification of difference / Simone Cinotto --
Part I. Immigrants encounter and remake U.S. consumer society: The shaping of Italian American identities through commodities and commercial leisure, 1900-1930. Visibly fashionable: the changing role of clothes in the everyday life of Italian American immigrant women / Vittoria Caterina Caratozzolo --
Making space for domesticity: household goods in working-class Italian American homes, 1900-1940 / Maddalena Tirabassi --
In Italy everyone enjoys it-why not in America? Italian Americans and consumption in transnational perspective during the early Twentieth Century / Elizabeth Zanoni --
Sovereign consumption: Italian Americans' transnational film culture in 1920s New York City / Giorgio Bertellini --
Consuming La Bella Figura: Charles Atlas and American masculinity, 1910-1940 / Dominique Padurano --
Radical visions and consumption: culture and leisure among the early Twentieth-Century Italian American left / Marcella Bencivenni --
Part II. The politics and style of Italian American consumerism, 1930-1980. Italian Americans, the New Deal state, and the making of citizen consumers / Stefano Luconi --
Italian Americans, consumerism, and the Cold War in transnational perspective / Danielle Battisti --
Italian Doo-Wop: sense of place, politics of style, and racial crossovers in postwar New York City / Simone Cinotto --
Consuming Italian Americans: invoking ethnicity in the buying and selling of Guido / Donald Tricarico --
Part III. Consuming Italian American identities in the multicultural age, 1980 to the present. The double life of the Italian suit: Italian Americans and the "Made in Italy" label / Courtney Ritter --
Sideline shtick: The Italian American basketball coach and consumable images of racial and ethnic masculinity / John Gennari --
The immigrant enclave as theme park: culture, capital, and urban change in New York's Little Italies / Ervin Kosta --
We are family: ethnic food marketing and the consumption of authenticity in Italian-themed chain restaurants / Fabio Parasecoli.
Series Title: Critical studies in Italian America.
Responsibility: edited by Simone Cinotto.
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