The French in the United States

The French in the United States

An Ethnographic Study

eBook - 2000
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Contemporary French immigrants have a high degree of integration into American society in terms of socio-demographic features and behavior patterns. While the foreign-born generation maintains a French identity beneath the surface, acculturation seems inevitable in later generations, due to a variety of social and attitudinal factors. Lindenfeld examines these factors, shedding light on a population that has, until now, remained fairly invisible.
Vividly details the histories and experiences of contemporary French immigrants.

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Lindenfeld (anthropology, Sonoma State U.) bases her work on interviews and observations from 1993-96 with French-born men and women who were living in California and Oregon for a minimum of five years. The ethnography contains a history of French migration to the US, an account of Lindenfeld's methods, and the results of the study itself: the specific journeys of the 96 interviewees, general cultural patterns (from diet to participation in organizational and community activities), mental experience in terms of subjective identity and thoughts on first-generation French immigrants, and lastly, the French language, its maintenance in the community as well as the role of French as a marker of identity. The book concludes by comparing French immigrants in the US to those in Canada and Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, 2000
ISBN: 9780313002748
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xiv, 168 pages) : illustrations, maps


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