ERIC Number: EJ755543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Gender, Genocide, and Ethnicity: The Legacies of Older Armenian American Mothers
Manoogian, Margaret M.; Walker, Alexis J.; Richards, Leslie N.
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n4 p567-589 2007
Women use legacies to help family members articulate family identity, learn family history, and provide succeeding generations with information about family culture. Using feminist standpoint theory and the life-course perspective, this qualitative study examined the intergenerational transmissions that 30 older Armenian American mothers received and transmitted to succeeding generations within the sociohistorical experience of genocide. Mothers passed on legacies that included family stories, rituals/activities, and possessions. Because of multiple losses during the Armenian Genocide, they emphasized legacies that symbolized connection to family, underscored family cohesion, and accentuated ethnic identity. Tensions were evident as well because women's sense of responsibility for legacies clashed with their limited cultural knowledge, few inherited possessions, and the inevitable assimilation of their children and grandchildren into the dominant U.S. culture.
Descriptors: Mothers, Family Life, Genealogy, Ethnicity, Death, Parent Child Relationship, Females, Identification (Psychology), Oral History, Social History, Family Relationship, Cultural Awareness, Acculturation, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Armenia