Publication date: 2001
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Geographical Identities of Ethnic America
Race, Space, and Place
The relationships between human identity and place have been studied by scholars from many disciplines. In Geographical Identities of Ethnic America, twenty distinguished geographers examine the ways in which place fashions, recreates, and contextualizes human identity in North America.
The fourteen chapters in this volume discuss themes of population and habitat, displacement and circulation, resources and economic survival, and place through the experiences of Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, European Americans, and Hispanics. It covers such topics as Samoan communities in urban Southern California, recent South Asian migration to Canada, Native American health-care systems, and public housing for African Americans. Standard geographical topics like immigration, housing, and landscapes are complemented here by discussions of religious ceremonies, women and marriage-mate selection, resource conflicts, health care, and social networking. The essays are supported by statistical tables and graphs, maps, and photos that reflect a wide range of theoretical and historical approaches.
Seldom has the richness of the continent's ethnic diversity been examined with such insight or sensitivity, nor have the multifarious and constantly evolving connections between places and their human occupants been studied so successfully. For scholars and students seeking fresh insights into the social, cultural, and economic aspects of North America's diverse immigrant and indigenous heritages, Geographical Identities of Ethnic America is essential reading.
Geographical Identities of Ethnic America adds significantly to the literature on ethnic geography. Ira M. Sheskin, The Professional Geographer, February 2003
This is a worthwhile resource for researchers as well as upper level undergraduate and graduate students. The research is thorough, clearly written, and soundly constructed within the geographical framework of modern geographic study. Each author provides a review of literature placing their study within the context of the larger body of existing research and offering ideas for future scholarship. Angie Cope, Journal of Cultural Geography
Kate A. Berry and Martha L. Henderson | Introduction: Envisioning the Nexus Between Geography and Ethnic and Racial Identity
Curtis C. Roseman | The Changing Ethnic Map of the United States
Christopher Bettinger and Donald R. Deskins, Jr. | Black and White Spaces in Selected Metropolitan Areas
Purba Fernandez | Asian Indian Immigration to Canada
Stavros T. Constantinou | Profiles of Greek Americans
Matthew G. Hannah | Varieties of Oglala Lakota Resistance to Displacement and Control
Stephen R. Koletty | The Samoan Archipelago in Urban America
Steven Behnke | Alaska's Contested Rural Landscapes and the Subsistence Claims of Alaska Natives
Jeffrey S. Smith | Cultural Landscape Change in a Hispanic Region
Teresa L. Dillinger | Coping with Health Care Delivery on the Round Valley Indian Reservation
Chistopher A. Airriess | Creating Vietnamese Landscapes and Place in New Orleans
Susan W. Hardwick | Russian Acculturation in Sacramento
Nanda R. Shrestha and Wilbur I. Smith | Epilogue: Geographical Imageries and Race Matters