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- DescriptionIn Contours of White Ethnicity, Yiorgos Anagstou explores the construction of ethnic history and reveals how and why white ethnics selectively retain, rework, or reject their pasts. Challenging the tendency to portray Americans of European background as a uniform cultural category, the author demonstrates how a generalized view of American white ethnics misses the specific identity issues of particular groups as well as their internal differences. Interdisciplinary in scope, Contours of White Ethnicity uses the example of Greek America to illustrate how the immigrant past can be used to combat racism and be used to bring about solidarity between white ethnics and racial mirities. Illuminating the importance of the past in the construction of ethnic identities today, Anagstou presents the politics of evoking the past to create community, affirm identity, and urish reconnection with ancestral roots, then identifies the struggles to neutralize oppres sive pasts. Although it draws from the scholarship on a specific ethnic group, Contours of White Ethnicity exhibits a sophisticated, interdisciplinary methodology, which makes it of particular interest to scholars researching ethnicity and race in the United States and for those charting the directions of future research for white ethnicities.
- Author BiographyYiorgos Anagnostou is an associate professor of modern Greek and American ethnic studies at the Ohio State University. He has published widely on ethnicity and immigration in various scholarly disciplines, including ethnography, folklore, sociology, and diaspora and cultural studies.
- Author(s)Yiorgos Anagnostou
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2009
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Press
- Content Noteillus
- Weight612 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine25 mm
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