Ecological determinants of "White ethnic" identity in St. Louis, Missouri

Irene Dabrowski1
1St John's University, United States
Cite this article:  Dabrowski, I. (1983). Ecological determinants of "White ethnic" identity in St. Louis, Missouri. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 11, 49-58.

Volume 11 Issue 1 | e398 | Published: February 1983 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1983.11.1.49

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A comparative analysis of voluntary group interaction patterns within two "white ethnic" groups in St. Louis was conducted to investigate the relationship between levels of voluntary group participation and geographical sites of respective ethnic centers. Archival research, participant observation, and structured interviewing over a 12-month period were the methods employed to conduct case studies of both the Croatian and Czech ethnic communities. Utilizing an ecological framework, the findings suggest a degree of organizational activity is strongly dependent on the environmental adequacy of the ethnic center site. This paper describes how two varying external locations promote contrasting styles of secondary group involvement. Neighbourhood stability supports ongoing participation in one pattern, but in the other, area transiency exacts merely occasional participation.
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