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ERIC Number: ED197017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 22
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Intergenerational Relations in Polonia.
Lopata, Helena Znaniecka
Conflict and cohesion among different generations of Polish Americans are discussed in this research review. First, demographic figures related to Polish immigration to the U.S. are presented, and the age structure of the present Polish American population is described. It is posited, based on this demographic information, that Polish American families and communities contain members who have been socialized into different subcultures, influenced by the degree of institutional completeness and the tightness of ethnic community boundaries. Drawing from social science literature on this topic the author identifies sources of strain in intergenerational relations as: (1) rapid culture change encountered by younger Polish Americans; (2) the contrast between the pre-immigration traditional agrarian lifestyle of many older generation Poles and the more urbanized American culture into which the youth are socialized; (3) contrasting ideologies in the areas of social, economic, and educational mobility; (4) differing attitudes toward social change; and (5) the dissolution of ethnic neighborhoods and family ties. Sources of cohesion are described as (1) Polish Catholic schools and the Church; (2) the traditional intrafamilial ethos that minimizes conflict among family members; (3) the existence of many voluntary associations; (4) the Polish American press; and (5) the tendency of sons to pursue the occupation of their fathers. (GC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
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Language: English
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