Originally published in 1990, Signs of Change assess the people of San Francisco according to their own demonstrative standards through the visual symbols. Special attention is devoted to the visual perceptions of immigrants, those whose senses were not smothered by over-familiarity or protracted compliance with American mores. Immigration history is often studied in the concentrate exclusively on narrow connections between newcomers and their urban surroundings. The city has served as a data-base for the study of specific immigrant communities; frequently it has provided mere background for cloistered studies of immigrant life.
Table of Contents
1. The Civic Image of the Forty-niner as "Para-History" of San Francisco
2. San Francisco Smelting Pot
3. San Francisco’s Jews and the Architecture of Symbolic Ethnicity
4. Ambivalent Heroes; Icons of Self-Image Among San Francisco’s Italians
6. Bibliographical Essay