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Barbara Kirn Paternostro; Jacob (Jack) Paternostro
Lyndsey Neubel reflects on her upbringing in Slidell, Louisiana and her Sicilian family’s roots in the New Orleans area. Using frameworks of critical whiteness, she examines how the suburban environment of Slidell shaped her sense of self and heritage. Neubel’s grandfather tells her about their family’s immigration story, his Sicilian-American identity, and family life in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. Nuebel explores how racism, segregation, and white flight shaped urban space and the suburbanization of the North Shore. She then analyzes how these sociocultural dynamics affected her preconceptions about New Orleans when she began attending the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study dance.
Neighborhood Story Project
Whiteness; Critical Whiteness; Race; Class; White flight; Suburbanization; Dance; Italian Americans; Sicilian Americans
New Orleans, Louisiana; Slidell, Louisiana; Corleone, Italy; Palermo, Italy; Kenner, Louisiana; Treme;
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Nuebel, Lyndsey. “Loss and Renewal: My Sicilian Roots in New Orleans.” A Guide to South Louisiana: Stories of Uncommon Culture, edited by Rachel Breunlin, Neighborhood Story Project, 2017.