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Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities

Simone Cinotto


Exploring Italian American consumers and the U.S. consumption of Italianness, Making Italian America makes a compelling case for taste as a leading determinant of ethnic identity. Discussing in fresh ways topics as diverse as immigrant women’s fashion, critiques of consumerism in Italian immigrant radicalism, the Cold-War politics of consumption across the Atlantic, the Italian American influence in early rock ‘n’ roll, ethnic tourism in Little Italy, Guido subculture, film, sports, and bodybuilding, Making Italian America recasts Italian immigrants and their children as active consumers who, ... More

Keywords: Italian Americans, consumer culture, popular culture, immigration history, ethnicity, politics of consumption, ethnic marketing, transnationalism, Italian studies, ethnic relations, race relations, ethnicity, economic aspects

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256235
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone Cinotto, editor
University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo

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Part One Immigrants Encounter and Remake U.S. Consumer Society: The Shaping of Italian American Identities Through Commodities and Commercial Leisure, 1900–1930

1 Visibly Fashionable

Vittoria Caterina Caratozzolo

2 Making Space for Domesticity

Tirabassi Maddalena

4 Sovereign Consumption

Giorgio Bertellini

5 Consuming La Bella Figura

Dominique Padurano

6 Radical Visions and Consumption

Marcella Bencivenni

Part Two The Politics and Style of Italian American Consumerism, 1930–1980

9 Italian Doo-Wop

Simone Cinotto

10 Consuming Italian Americans

Danielle Battisti

Part Three Consuming Italian American Identities in the Multicultural Age, 1980 to the Present

12 Sideline Shtick

John Gennari

14 We Are Family

Fabio Parasecoli

End Matter