Exogamous and Endogamous Marriages among Italians and Mexicans in Dallas County, Texas (2000)

By Valentine J. Belfiglio.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper is a study of exogamous and endogamous marriages among Italians and Mexicans living in Texas. The theoretical rationale of the work is that the rate of exogamy is a standard by which to measure the degree to which an ethnic group has adapted to and acculturated with a core group. Italians and Mexicans were selected for the study because a majority of both groups represent stark differences in the importance of their ethnic identity. Mexicans place a higher priority than Italians do on social and cultural characteristics such as language, religion, and ancestry. This study is based on the constructionist approach to the study of ethnicity. The constructionist approach emphasizes the contingency and fluidity of ethnic identity, treating it as something which is made in specific social and historical contexts.

Keywords: Italian, Mexican, Endogomy, Exogamy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.25-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.206MB).

Prof. Valentine J. Belfiglio

Cornaro Professor, History and Government, Arts & Sciences, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA

I received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma. I have been teaching history and government at the Texas Woman’s University since 1970. During that time I have published seven books, and published more than 150 articles. I have participated in two other conferences sponsored by the International Conferences on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences-at Prato, Italy and Granada, Spain. I have received the highest award (Cornaro Professor) that is given by the Texas Woman’s University, and several other awards.


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