ERIC Number: ED223740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Chaldean Americans: Changing Conceptions of Ethnic Identity. First Edition.
Sengstock, Mary C.
Chaldean Americans in Detroit, Michigan, a growing community of Roman Catholic immigrants from Iraq, are the focus of this study. A description is given of the Detroit Chaldean community centers around three key institutions, namely the church, the family, and the ethnic occupation or community economic enterprise, and of how these institutions have been affected by the migration experience and by contact with the new culture. An analysis of the social setting of migration examines religious and economic determinants of migration to America, migration effects on the Detroit community, and Chaldeans' relationships with other social groups in Detroit. An exploration of Chaldeans' adaptation to their new setting considers assimilation and acculturation processes, changes in social structure and values, creation of a balance between old country patterns and new practices, and the development of an ethnic identity and a sense of nationalism. Ethnic conflicts and accommodation processes that arise from efforts to achieve the balance between old and new are explored, and it is suggested that family and friendship ties will offset the divisive effects of conflict and American liberalism and keep the Chaldean community from disintegrating. Finally, an exploration of the future direction of American ethnicity points to the need for unity in a culturally diverse society. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adjustment (to Environment), Catholics, Church Role, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Family Structure, Group Unity, Immigrants, Nationalism, Political Influences, Public Policy, Religious Cultural Groups, Small Businesses, Social Structure, Socioeconomic Influences
Center for Migration Studies, Inc., 209 Flagg Place, Staten Island, NY 10304 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Migration Studies, Inc., Staten Island, NY.
Identifiers: Chaldean Americans; Iraqis
Note: Some research supported by a Faculty Grant-In-Aid from Wayne State University. Not available in paper copy due to institution's restrictions.