This thesis explore the culture of Puerto Rican Americans living in the Northeastern Ohio area through an analysis of the folstories that they provided. The talkes were collected through formal interviews consisting of open-ended questions. Topics considered important to the contributors included the loss of tradition and the youths' lack of appreciation for their cultural traditions. Stories told by the contributors included tales of family histories and stories of historical and traditional events of the island. A structural analysis of these tales brought out an underlying structure which highlights the binary opposition between Puerto Rican and American elements. These results indicate the integration of the cultures of the island and the mainland into the lives and cultures of the Puerto Ricans living here in Ohio. Creating a new definition of the family story as folklore points toward futher reseach.


Frese, Pamela


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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