Italian Americans in New York City: Population Decline and Cultural Change

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Italian Americans have experienced substantial population decline in New York City over the past thirty years. Data from the 2005 American Community Survey are compared to 2000 U.S. Census data to chart the most recent changes. The analysis includes among other variables, data on age profiles, educational attainment, and marital status. In addition some comparisons are made between Italian Americans and other European ethnic groups. A discussion of some traditional theoretical models of assimilation is included in the analysis.It appears to be the case that Italian Americans were slower to assimilate than other European ethnic groups. More recent data suggest that assimilation into mainstream middle class society is now occurring more rapidly than in the past.

Keywords: Italian Americans, Ethnic Groups, Assimilation
Stream: Sociology, Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Italian Americans in New York City

Dr. William Egelman

Professor, Department of Sociology, Iona College
Westbury, NY, USA

I have been a member of the faculty at Iona College for over 30 years. I have taught courses in Social Problems, Demography, Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, and the Sociology of the Family. I have written books on Social Problems, Family, and Race and Ethnic Relations. I have authored a number of articles on various ethnic groups in the United States. I have a Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York City. My current research interests are in the area of recent immigration patterns to the United States, and the impact of assimilation through the generations.

Ref: I08P0051