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Italian and Italian American Studies

Guido Culture and Italian American Youth

From Bensonhurst to Jersey Shore

Authors: Tricarico, Donald

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  • The first book-length work about Italian American ethnicity and youth culture
  • Elucidates a theoretical perspective—social constructionism and segmented assimilation—that can explain Italian American cultural and social forms as a youth subculture
  • Situates Guido in urban Italian American culture as an adaption to New York City over time
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From Saturday Night Fever to Jersey Shore, Italian American youth in New York City have appropriated—and been appropriated by—popular American culture. Here, Donald Tricarico investigates how Italian ethnicity has been used to fashion Guido as a distinct youth style that signals inclusion in popular American culture and, simultaneously, the making of a new ethnic subject. Emerging from a wave of Italian immigration after World War II in outer borough neighborhoods such as Bensonhurst, the story of the Guido is an Italian American story, symbolizing the negotiation of a negatively privileged ethnicity within American society. Tricarico takes up questions about the definition of Guido, the role of disco, and the identity politics of Jersey Shore in order to reconsider the significance of Guido for the study of Italian American ethnicity.

About the authors

Donald Tricarico is Professor of Sociology at Queensborough Community College, CUNY, where he has taught since 1977. 

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“A brilliant work of close knowledge, deep study, patient and clear application of social science methods, and wonderful reflections on class, ethnicity, and culture within the US racial order. Without romanticizing, Tricarico shows an Italian American culture able to create and recreate style in shifting urban settings.” (David Roediger, Foundation Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas, USA, and author of Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03293-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03292-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Guido Culture and Italian American Youth
Book Subtitle
From Bensonhurst to Jersey Shore
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03293-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03293-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03292-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 332
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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