POLES, POLONIA OR AMERICANS OF POLISH DESCENT? NEW ETHNICITY OF YOUNG POLES IN SOUTH CALIFORNIA (Polacy, Polonia, Amerykanie polskiego pochodzenia? - 'nowa etnicznosc' mlodych przedstawicieli Polonii w poludniowej Kalifornii)
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This article is a sociological portrait of the Polish community, or Polonia, in South California. It is rather different from the Polish groups on the East Coast or the Mid West. Looking at young representants of that group, the authoress argues that they are an example of a new ethnicity. It is termed new, since it retains some features of the old 'traditional' Polonia, but it is specific since it cannot be easily framed into that traditional model. Not spatially defined, their members share the Catholic religion, but are also characterized by a more Californian lifestyles and internal difference stemming from migration patterns, different time of arrival and so on. Californian settlers were rather late and in general they occupy higher social position. Young Poles from that group have a diverse command of the language, but they do meet regularly and form lasting and strong social ties. Face to face relations are limited, but it seems that the internet has brought that group closer together. The 'chat methodology' has been applied to gather data for this research.
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