familism and facebook

vasilis asked a good set of questions the other day:

“I wonder, doesn’t immigration break apart the extended family into nuclear family fragments? Does anyone actually bring along all 52 first cousins with them, along with spouses, children, parents etc? Of course ‘familismo’ values will be carried over the border, but to what degree can they be instilled in the next generation in the absence of all these people in their daily lives?”

now that i’ve thought about it a bit, though, i wonder if the picture he paints isn’t one that was more true of 20+ years ago than it is today in our über-connected world. i mean, i can follow in real time how my 12 year-old first cousin-once-removed’s gymnastics competition is going — or commiserate with her on how horrible her school lunch was today — and she lives in a different country! i can keep in touch with her and her brother and all my other cousins’ kids in a way i couldn’t do with their parents. back in the day, it was the odd phone call and even (omg) letters. now it’s email, facebook and txt messaging. instant gratification for the familist! (~_^)

and anyway, we’ve seen that both italian-americans and r.c. irish-americans are more familistic than anglo-americans, and … how long have they been in the country now? how long does this assimilation business take anyway?

assmiliation? pshaw. here from “Who is to blame for fractured Britain?” published last year in the telegraph:

“What ruined our community and the personality of our neighbourhood were the young Eastern Europeans who poured in from 2004 onwards. I am not criticising the character of these young migrants. They were generally hardworking, eager and ambitious. But they arrived all at once in large numbers and, most significantly, had zero interest in integrating. They lived and socialised exclusively together, watched Polish television channels via their satellite dishes, chatted to family back home for free on Skype, set up Polish shops to sell Polish food, newspapers and books, and they learnt only as much English as they had to. Seeing shop after little shop put up the words Polski sklep marked the end of the village I knew.”

mexicans in the u.s. don’t even need satellite television. they’ve got univision which is available on cable. any idiota can hook it up. i don’t know how much mexicans/hispanics in the u.s. use facebook, or if they’re all still on myspace, but they’ve (nearly) all got cellphones afaict and, i’m sure, can txt pretty easily to family members back home in mexico/wherever.

nope. i have a bad feeling that modern communications — not to mention the ease of travel nowadays — prolly lends itself to greater opportunities for immigrants to practice familism if they want than ever before. i know i can.

previously: hispanic family values and anglo-american vs. mexican family values and familism in the u.s. of a.

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genetic similarity theory in play on MyFace

well, whaddya know!:

“Study: Race plays a minor role in forging Facebook friendships”

“Social pressure and ethnic, social and geographic origins appear far more influential

“… True to past research, the sociologists initially saw same-race friendships develop rapidly: White students befriended each other one-and-a-half times more frequently than would be expected by chance, Latino students befriended each other four-and-a-half times more frequently, and African American students befriended each other eight times more frequently. But when the researchers dug deeper, race appeared to be less important than a number of other factors in forging friendships.

“‘Much of what at first appeared to be same-race preference, for instance, ultimately proved to be preference for students of the same ethnic background,’ Lewis says. ‘Once we started controlling for the attraction of shared ethnic backgrounds or countries of origin, the magnitude of racial preference was cut almost in half….'”

whew! thank god people aren’t pickin’ their MyFace friends ’cause of waaaaycism! what a welief! *wipes brow* now i can sleep better at night!

point is, tho, that the peeps ARE picking and choosing their friends to a large degree based on ETHNICITY – in other words, they’re picking friends that are A LOT like themselves genetically speaking.

genetic similarity theory (see here, here and here) in play on MyFace, yessiree. (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

interesting that latinos and african americans befriendster fellow ethnics at greater rates than white(r) people.

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linkfest 09/26/10

“Can Genes Explain the Sex Divide?” via steve sailer (i can’t believe we’re still having this discussion…)

the audacious epigone finds that, gee, the best countries to live in (per newsweek) also, purely coincidentally i’m sure, have the highest, average iqs. whaddyaknow!

bulgarians are not scots are not irish are not swedes are not portugese. via dienekes.

PANIC!!!! (you’re more likely to if you’re white. via inductivist.)

“Found: genes that make kids smart” (via pretty much every blog/website i read)

“Does Race Plays a Factor in Accident Survival? Black Motorcyclists — Even in Helmets — More Likely to Die in Crashes, Study Finds”

“Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts – Psychologists”

classic link: “The Inconvenient Science of Racial DNA Profiling” @ wired.