This study applies the community model to examine German life in Winnipeg from its beginnings to the end of World War I. Emphasis is on the organizational and territorial dimensions of the community, with stress on residential patterns and the growth of local German institutions. These are examined with reference to the network of influences affecting their development. In the study Dr Grenke finds the church the centre of this community whose terminus was to be rural settlement on the prairies of Western Canada. This church influence constricted secular organization and institutional life, while political parties exercized control over the German language press. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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Imagined Homes: Soviet German Immigrants in Two Cities is a study of the social and cultural integration of two migrations of German speakers from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union to Winnipeg, Canada in the late 1940s, and Bielefeld, Germany in the 1970s. Employing a cross-national comparative framework, Hans Werner reveals that the imagined trajectory of immigrant lives influenced the process of integration into a new urban environment. Winnipeg's migrants chose a receiving society where they knew they would again be a minority group in a foreign country, while Bielefeld's newcomers believed they were "going home" and were unprepared for the conflict between their imagined homeland and the realities of post-war Germany. Werner also shows that differences in the way the two receiving societies perceived immigrants, and the degree to which secularization and the sexual and media revolutions influenced these perceptions in the two cities, were crucially important in the immigrant experience. (source: Nielsen Book Data)