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The "Cajun" Subculture: Microtrends for the 1990's

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The Cajun population of Louisiana exceeds a half million today. This ethnographic research is an effort to compare and document select forms of acculturation in 13 Cajun communities in southern Louisiana. Approximately 60 individuals were interviewed-representing a cross section of occupations, social classes, educational backgrounds, and age groupings. Interviews were unstructured-focusing more on "qualitative" than "quantitative" changes. All interviews were completed and archival data collected between spring 1991 and summer 1992. The Cajuns in this study are not opposed to modernity, but they have legitimate concerns in wanting to preserve and protect their cultural "roots," i.e., language, folkways, values, norms, and lifestyle. Special emphasis has been given to the challenges facing the contemporary Cajun family in its struggle to maintain a delicate balance between tradition and economic survival.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435, U.S.A.


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