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Why do you think Italians are portrayed as family people?
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Posted 1/31/11
yeah i don't think its a stereo cuz i'm from an italian family and we're family people haha
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who knows.. you could pose that question about any nationality.
Not really... The media mostly portrays Italians as the ultimate family guys! Hmm... I wonder if "Family Guy" is an italian family...?
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31 / M / WI
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From media influence, I picture Italians as both people who have very loyal and strong ties with family, and people who will do what's needed out of convenience. Though not necessarily always good-intentioned, Italians are also portrayed with a connection to food and the mafia (as others have commented), which both strongly encourage a familial connection.

Personally, of the few Italians I know, a strong sense of particular food preparation and ethics regarding food, as well as a semblance of familial loyalty both reinforce the stereotype. However, I'd wager that like any other nationality and culture, reality is reflected with a distribution that the stereotype doesn't always fit. Nonetheless, my experiences seem to support it.
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im close to a family of italian ethnicity...and they are a big happy family
it's an Italian culture think......to have a big family... or so i'm told
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it's an Italian culture think......to have a big family... or so i'm told
Hmmm... Italian or... Greek...?
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I was originally gonna say that perhaps people are stereotyping non-Italians by claiming that Italians are a family people. But then I decided to actually do a bit of research:

World divorce rate statistics (% of marriages which end in divorce)
ca. 2002

Sweden: 55%
Belarus: 53%
Finland: 51%
Luxembourg: 47%
Estonia: 47%
Australia: 46%
United States: 46%
Denmark: 45%
Belgium: 44%
Austria: 43%
Czech Republic: 43%
Russia: 43%
United Kingdom: 43%
Norway: 40%
Ukraine: 40%
Iceland: 40%
Germany: 39%
Lithuania: 39%
France: 38%
Netherlands: 38%
Hungary: 38%
Canada: 37%
Latvia: 37%
Moldova: 28%
Slovakia: 27%
Portugal: 26%
Switzerland: 26%
Bulgaria: 21%
Slovenia: 21%
Romania: 19%
Poland: 17%
SIngapore: 17%
Greece: 16%
Croatia: 16%
Spain: 15%
Israel: 15%
Albania: 11%
Azerbaijan: 10%
Italy: 10%
Georgia: 7%
Armenia: 6%
Turkey: 6%
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 5%
Macedonia: 5%
Sri Lanka: 2%

An interesting statistic. You will notice that poorer countries, countries deeply rooted in religion and countries with poor freedom all have very low divorce rates. This indicates that divorces are low not necessarily because marriages are successful, but that because obtaining a divorce is difficult (either because they are frowned upon, or because of a lack of money or a lack of legal freedoms)

Let us not question the legal freedoms and financial well-being of Italians for now, and instead focus on religion:
United States:
76-82% Christian, 12-15% unaffiliated (includes atheists and agnostics)
Italy:
92% Christian (88% Roman Catholic), 6% "do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force."

You will notice that Italy is significantly more religious than the US, so one might be tempted to say that the lower divorce rates might be related to the culture in Italy. So maybe Italians ARE a "family" people!
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31 / M / Iloilo City, PH
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Posted 1/31/11

Kippu wrote:

lol Every time I think of an Italian family. I think of nosey family members XD
Anyone watched "Everybody loves Raymond" ?
THAT'S how I imagine italian families O___o


what about growing up gotti?

Posted 2/1/11
I'm Italian and am pretty close to my family, as in everyone like Grandparents, cousins, even friends of friends cousins. Its part of our culture, and what a lovely culture it is. People are very friendly where I'm from, Bardi, except when you mess with our families

forget about people who are like "Oh my great great Grandma is Italian so that makes me Italian." -__- 100% bloods are the family people.

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i just want them to make more pizza's
Posted 2/1/11
Buddy Valastro!
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I'm half Italian, and I care alot about my family and my aunt makes really good food. She says she makes it out of love. My family is very close and we're really friendly.
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Posted 2/14/11
Im italian, ill tell you right now family is everything
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22 / F / philippines
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Posted 2/14/11
when you mentioned italians Katekyo hitman reborn came in to my mind.... anyway, i suppose they are family people, by the way films and other media portray them.
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My Italian health teacher was a pedophile.
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Posted 2/27/11
Stereotyping

Probably largely due to the godfathers and similar mafia style movies.

Same thing is emphasized with other groups too
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