Guido Culture and Italian American Youth

From Bensonhurst to Jersey Shore

  • Donald Tricarico

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Donald Tricarico
    Pages 1-30
  3. Donald Tricarico
    Pages 87-113
  4. Donald Tricarico
    Pages 115-141
  5. Donald Tricarico
    Pages 173-205
  6. Donald Tricarico
    Pages 207-236
  7. Donald Tricarico
    Pages 237-270
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 305-332

About this book


From Saturday Night Fever to Jersey Shore, Italian American youth in New York City have appropriated—and been appropriated by—popular American culture. Here, Donald Tricarico investigates how Italian ethnicity has been used to fashion Guido as a distinct youth style that signals inclusion in popular American culture and, simultaneously, the making of a new ethnic subject. Emerging from a wave of Italian immigration after World War II in outer borough neighborhoods such as Bensonhurst, the story of the Guido is an Italian American story, symbolizing the negotiation of a negatively privileged ethnicity within American society. Tricarico takes up questions about the definition of Guido, the role of disco, and the identity politics of Jersey Shore in order to reconsider the significance of Guido for the study of Italian American ethnicity.


Italian American culture Italian studies 1950s Do Wop Jersey Shore Guido culture New York City Italian heritage Italian New York City ethnography ethnic youth subcultures Italian American ethnicity youth agency disco culture constructionist model of ethnicity segmented assimilation model of ethnicity ethnic youth identity Bensonhurst Brooklyn

Authors and affiliations

  • Donald Tricarico
    • 1
  1. 1.Queensborough Community College, CUNYBaysideUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03292-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03293-7
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