Polish Americans

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Transaction Publishers, 1976 - Social Science - 294 pages

Polish Americans examines the impact of post-communist changes in Poland and the presence of the third wave of immigrants on Polish communities abroad. It studies this community as a living entity, with internal divisions and conflicts, and explores relations with the home nation and the country of settlement.

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Page 3 - We may define a minority as a group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the others in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment, and who therefore regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination.
Page 117 - Italy; but now there came multitudes of men of the lowest class from the south of Italy and men of the meaner sort out of Hungary and Poland, men out of the ranks where there was neither skill nor energy nor any initiative of quick intelligence...
Page 100 - An independent Polish State should be erected which should include the territories inhabited by indisputably Polish populations, which should be assured a free and secure access to the sea, and whose political and economic independence and territorial integrity should be guaranteed by international covenant.
Page 7 - Ancestry (or origin or descent) may be viewed as the nationality group, the lineage, or the country in which the person or the person's parents or ancestors were born before their arrival in the United States.
Page xx - Social structure, on the other hand, refers to 'the set of crystallized social relationships which its (the society's) members have with each other which places them in groups , large or small , permanent or temporary , formally organized or unorganized, and which relates them to the major institutional activities of the society, such as economic and occupational life, religion, marriage and the family, education, government, and recreation
Page 116 - I collected about 8ooo documents or items, altogether. Another reason for my choice of the Poles was their behavior in America. They were the most incomprehensible and perhaps the most disorganized of all the immigrant groups. This may be illustrated by what the American police call "Polish warfare." A policeman might enter a saloon where there was a noisy crowd of Poles and say, "You men be quiet," and they might subside immediately or one of them might draw a gun and kill him. This was due to the...
Page 29 - Immigration is a movement of people, individually or in families, acting on their own personal initiative and responsibility, without official support or compulsion, passing from one welldeveloped country (usually old and thickly settled) to another well-developed ' country (usually new and sparsely populated) with the intention of residing there permanently.
Page 72 - Polish materials tend to show that, under conditions in which the activities of the woman can attain an objective importance more or less equal to those of the man, the greatest social efficiency is attained by a systematic collaboration of man and woman in external fields rather than by a division of tasks which limits the woman to "home and children.
Page 158 - ... 3,711 531,929 50,484 12 443,719 56,062 30,367 1,781 474,086 57,843 3. Adjustment of the Enrollment Differential Rates for the Effect of Population Growth on Enrollment While some of the decline in enrollment from 4th to 8th to 12th grades may be due to students dropping out of school, some of it may be due to the fact that there are more persons of the age corresponding to grade 4 than there are of the ages corresponding to the higher grades. According to 1960 census data for persons under 25...
Page 50 - But assimilationists were virtually non-existent among the workers,16 the small traders, and the poor, who were minimally acculturated. Thus the great distance between the assimilationists and the bulk of the Jewish people was both a class and a cultural distance. One must not forget that by the time Poland became independent, the assimilationists were fully de-Judaized and Polonized. In the interwar period, they — and especially the younger ones among them (the second, third, and fourth...

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