Chapter

Introduction

in Staying Italian

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226770741
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226770765 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226770765.003.0001
Introduction

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South Philadelphia and Toronto's Little Italy are two Italian neighborhoods that offer intriguing sites for the consideration of urban community in the United States. At the close of World War II, both neighborhoods had grown out of the migration of millions of Italians to North American industrial cities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The personal lives of Italians reflected the changing neighborhoods and cities where they resided. This book examines the experience of ethnicity in Italian South Philadelphia by comparing its social life with Toronto's Little Italy. Focusing on social experience, from residential patterns and marriage choices to real estate transactions, religious and associational practices, and labor force participation, the book reveals the changing, but still powerful, role of ethnicity in urban neighborhoods. It also shows the pronounced differences in Italian ethnicity and Catholicism between Philadelphia and Toronto.

Keywords: South Philadelphia; Toronto; Little Italy; Italian neighborhoods; United States; Italians; ethnicity; social life; social experience; Catholicism

Chapter.  2925 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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