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Staying Italian: Urban Change and Ethnic Life in Postwar Toronto and Philadelphia

Jordan Stanger-Ross


Despite their twin positions as two of North America's most iconic Italian neighborhoods, South Philly and Toronto's Little Italy have functioned in dramatically different ways since World War II. Inviting readers into the churches, homes, and businesses at the heart of these communities, this book reveals that daily experience in each enclave created two distinct, yet still Italian, ethnicities. As Philadelphia struggled with deindustrialization, the book shows, Italian ethnicity in South Philly remained closely linked with preserving turf and marking boundaries. Toronto's thriving Little Ita ... More

Keywords: Toronto, Philadelphia, Little Italy, South Philly, Italian neighborhoods, Italian ethnicity, ethnic enclaves, suburbanization, segregation, economic restructuring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226770741
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226770765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jordan Stanger-Ross, author