What might take the place of late-generation European American ethnicity?

Werner Sollors

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As Herbert J. Gans writes, ethnicity among fourth-, fifth- and later-generation descendants of European immigrants (LGEs) may be disappearing, and studies of LGEs should be undertaken along the lines that he proposes. LGE nostalgia for pasts that may never have existed and LGE intermarriage rates with non-whites as well as the ideology of multiculturalism, the easy availability of travel and communication, and the proliferation of dual citizenship might provide further contexts for such studies. In some cases, might the darkness of ethnicity precede a new dawn of transnational cultural and culinary practices, adopted from real or putative countries of origin?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)778-780
Number of pages3
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • dual citizenship
  • intermarriage rates
  • multiculturalism
  • nostalgia
  • transnational practices
  • travel and communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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